Interrogating Cuban Womanhood in Norge Espinosa Mendoza’s La virgencita de bronce
La virgencita de bronce (2004), from Cuban playwright Norge Espinosa Mendoza uses actors and puppets to dramatize the classic novel Cecilia Valdés, in the process questioning the classic Cuban myth and definitions of Cuban womanhood. Cecilia Valdés is a pivotal figure in Cuban culture, since the days that Cirilo Villaverde first wrote the novel (1839) and Norge Espinosa Mendoza’s La virgencita de bronce, written at the request of the important Teatro de las Estaciones in the small city of Matanzas, gives the Cuban stage the opportunity to interrogate the national canon developed around Cecilia Valdés in an innovative way.
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