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Frida . . . A Self-Portrait

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

On Saturday, July 11 at 5:00 p.m. EST the South Haven Center for the Arts—in collaboration with actor and playwright Vanessa Severo and South Haven’s SHOUT Theater—will present a virtual production of Frida...A Self Portrait, a one-woman performance by Severo about the life of Frida Kahlo.

4:45 p.m. Pre-Show Cocktail Mixer with Vanessa Gather your ingredients and join Vanessa to say hello and mix your Paloma cocktail—also known as “the workingman's drink"—to enjoy during the performance. Frida was a great supporter of the working men and women of Mexico and particularly favored this traditional tequila-based drink.








(Leave out the tequila for a mocktail)

5:00 p.m. Live performance 5:30 p.m. Q&A with Vanessa Severo moderated by filmmaker Diana Densmore Spots are limited so register here to reserve your place. Thank you for registering and use the Zoom link you will receive in your confirmation email. Don't worry if the Zoom room is full, you can still view the live stream beginning at 4:45 p.m. EST on the South Haven Center for the Arts Facebook page. Note that this is a live event only. The recording will not be available after the performance.

Vanessa Severo as Frida in "Frida . . . A Self-Portrait

Photo courtesy of Cory Weaver

“Set on the eve of Frida Kahlo’s death, the story plunges into the gorgeous, nuanced world of Kahlo’s tumultuous and brilliant life. Severo cracks open a powerful portal between herself and the artist, offering breathtaking physicality and raw honesty in this theatrically stunning production.”

Severo studied at Missouri State University and The American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, and received the TCG 11th Round of the Fox Foundation resident Actor Fellowship in 2017. She has performed for the past twelve seasons at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and is certified in the Suzuki Method and Viewpoints under the instruction of Ellen Lauren, SITI company. Severo is passionate about utilizing the element of Suzuki in her work to challenge the boundaries of storytelling, and explore the depths of movement, composition, and the power of stillness.

Diana Densmore of South Haven will facilitate the talk-back segment with Severo after the thirty-minute performance. Densmore is a writer, multimedia artist, and filmmaker who has screened across the globe, from Beijing to the Cannes Short Film Corner. She has worked on independent feature-length films, music videos, commercials, and studio television shows as production assistant, background actress, production designer, and producer. She was an intern for the writer's room on the hit CBS series Criminal Minds, wardrobe mistress for “Like Whoa,” a music video featuring actor Shemar Moore, and co-founder of Reel Lemonade Productions, a five-year experiment in collaborative, experimental short films. Densmore has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and a BA in Film & Video Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She currently studies Animation at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

During the performance, the art center invites viewers to enjoy their own Paloma, a traditional Mexican drink known as the drink of the “working man." Frida was a supporter of the working men and women of Mexico. Gather your ingredients and mix your Paloma with Severo before the play! Google “Paloma” and “Paloma Mocktail” for alcoholic and non-alcoholic recipes.

This event is funded by the South Haven Community Foundation.

Please visit to learn about other events planned by the art center to celebrate the life and art of Frida Kahlo.

Photo courtesy of Cory Weaver, South Haven Center for the Arts on Facebook, Instagram: @southhavenarts

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