Theatre department production of Frida K

Neosho, MO – The Crowder College Theatre Department’s production of Frida K written by Gloria Montero and directed by JP Dickey will be held March 25-27, 7:30pm nightly in the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Neosho campus.

Cast is made up of one member, NaTasha O’Brien-Davies playing Frida K. She is currently the Theatre Department Director and Instructor for the college. Director of Friday K is JP Dickey, former Theatre Department Director currently Director of Admissions.

Production Staff includes:
Stage Manager – Sidney Hays
Assistant Stage Manager – Shana Whisman
Set Design – Jonathon Peck
Costume Design Mentor – Shirley Gollhofer
Costume Design – kaSandra Wright
Makeup Design Mentor – Sarah Swayne
Makeup Design – Alayna Brown
Lighting Design – Kinzey Sapp/Ben C. Davies
Sound Board Operator – Dora Gilreath
Light Board Operator – Shana Whisman

“COVID precautions and protocols have made it challenging to produce shows with regular cast sizes. We thought it was a great time to explore a one person show,” stated O’Brien Davies. “We chose Frida K to increase cultural awareness in our community as well as showcase the impact women in art and politics. The food and cultural exposure before the production allowed us to include more students and staff. We also included alumni as mentors to current students in the design of the show.”

Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, born July 6, 1907 in Coyocoan, Mexico City, Mexico. She attended the renowned National Preparatory School in Mexico City in 1922 where she met famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Frida was injured in a bus accident which left her in a great deal of pain, both physically and physiologically. Her parents encouraged her to paint and made a special easel for her to paint in bed. She reconnected with Rivera in 1928 and married him the next year, despite her mother’s objections. The Theatre Department is also partnering with other campus organization who will be selling tacos, aguas frescas and other concession goodies from 6-7:15pm. Tickets are available by calling 417.455.5458 or at the door: General Admission – $10; Senior citizens – $7; Crowder Students/Staff – $6; for group dates please call to make reservations.