El derecho de abortar (1998)

El derecho de abortar (1998) HIDVL

Monica 'Lengüinsky' (played by Jesusa Rodríguez) flees to Mexico during the Clinton scandal, becomes a TV writer, and produces 'El Derecho de Abortar,' a show that is a cross between a 'pastorela' (Nativity play) and a 'telenovela' (soap opera). This 'pastonovela' features Virgin Mary and Joseph of Nazareth as two wealthy Mexicans tormented by the ambiguous sexuality of their cross-dressing son, Jesus Christ. In a failed attempt to 'straighten him out,' they employ a prostitute ('María Magdalena' Lengüinsky), who ends up discovering that Jesus is really a hermaphrodite, that he is pregnant, and that the father of his unborn child is St. Joseph himself. When Jesus gets an abortion, Lengüinsky sees her chance to profit from the situation: she blackmails the Holy Family by threatening to go public with the truth about Jesus.Putting their own social status first (including Joseph's political career as a candidate to the Mexican presidency), the Holy Family decides to sacrifice Jesus and sells Lengüinsky the copyright to all images of the crucifixion. 'El Derecho de Abortar' is a poignant satirical commentary on the corruption, intolerance, and contradictory morality at work in the catholic-capitalist society of Mexico.

Video Inserts: Video inserts for cabaret piece "El Derecho de Abortar." Monica "Lengüinsky" (played by Jesusa Rodríguez) flees to Mexico during the Clinton scandal, becomes a TV writer, and produces "El Derecho de Abortar," a show that is a cross between a "pastorela" (Nativity play) and a "telenovela" (soap opera).


HIDVL Video Holdings

El derecho de abortar (full performance, embedded below)
El derecho de abortar (performance video inserts)

Media

Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/wwpzgn0z

Additional Info

  • Title: El derecho de abortar
  • Alternate Title: The Right to Abort
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:34:56
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1998
  • Location: Teatro Bar El Hábito, Mexico City
  • Type-Format: performance, performance video insert
  • Cast: Jesusa Rodríguez, Liliana Felipe, Isela Vega, Diego Jáuregui, Carlos Pascual, Pedro Kóminik.
  • Credits: Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, producer, musical director ; Carlos Pascual, writer.