Collection Title: Jesusa Rodríguez & Liliana Felipe : El Hábito collection
Title: El derecho de abortar (video para espectáculo)
Alternate Title: Right to abort (performance video inserts)
Date: 1998
Location: Performed at Teatro Bar El Hábito, Mexico City, Mexico, in 1998.
Work Type: Performance/Performance video insert., Cabaret., Theater., Satire., Political performance., Queer performance.
Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, producer, musical director ; Carlos Pascual, writer.
Jesusa Rodríguez, Liliana Felipe, Isela Vega, Diego Jáuregui, Carlos Pascual, Pedro Kóminik.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:10:28
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: 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 (Christmas 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 Josephs 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.
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Contact: Jesusa Rodríguez, Liliana Felipe
Jesusa Rodríguez
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Coyoacán, México D.F., 04100