The Spanish-language version of Eve Ensler’s ground-breaking play “The Vagina Monologues” makes its Tampa debut Saturday.
Known in Spanish as “Los Monologos de la Vagina,” the play will feature three actresses — Alba Roversi, Marisol Correa and Judith Gonzalez — sharing tender, funny, intimate, poignant, brave and outrageous stories about female femininity.
“(Spanish-speaking residents) of this city crave this type of entertainment in their language,” said Luz Ceballos, the shows promoter, adding that she plans to bring similar productions to the area. “This play has a universal theme and has been around for a very long time. We expect it to be very popular here.”
The “Monologos” are based on interviews Ensler did in the 1990s with women of all ages and cultural backgrounds about that particular body part.
The play has been performed all over the world in different languages.
The Spanish performance stars Roversi, a Venezuelan actress and veteran of the “Monologos.” A star of more than 20 telenovelas (Spanish soap operas), Roversi replaced actress Maria Conchita Alonso earlier this year when the “Predator 2” star left the Spanish production amid controversy over her appearance in a video backing a tea party gubernatorial candidate.
Actress, comedian and radio personality Marisol Correa of Colombia has been acting since she was 10. Correa won the Premio Colombia award in 2009 for her work in theater and radio, and a Miami Life Award for best actress for her role in “Las Mujeres son de Venus y los hombres son...de madre” a parody of the book “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.”
Rounding out the trio is Judith Gonzalez, a Cuban born actress and comic best known for the character “Magdalena la Pelua (Hairy Magdalena)”, an outrageous, disheveled woman from Cuba who loves to show off her lush body hair.