SOUTH HAVEN — People who have enjoyed seeing the mini-gardens in South Haven that pay tribute to Frida Kahlo can now learn more about the famous Mexican artist when the South Haven Center for the Arts presents “Frida ... A Self Portrait.”
The one-woman, online performance, featuring award-winning actor and playwright Vanessa Severo, will be presented at 5 p.m. July 11. Viewers can register to watch the performance at www.southhavenarts.org/events.
The free production, which will include a 30-minute performance and 30-minute question-and-answer session, is a collaboration between the art center and the South Haven Theatre Series, with funding from the South Haven Community Foundation.
Set on the eve of Kahlo’s death in 1954, “Frida ... A Self Portrait” tells the nuanced world of Kahlo’s tumultuous yet brilliant life, according to a news release from the South Haven Theatre Series.
Severo, who wrote “Frida ... A Self Portrait,” has performed for the past 12 seasons at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. She has studied at Missouri State University and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. In 2017, she received a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship.
Following her performance, Diana Densmore, a multimedia artist, writer and filmmaker from South Haven, will facilitate the interview segment with Severo. Densmore has been involved with independent films, music videos, commercials and studio TV shows, performing a variety of roles, including production assistant, background actress, production designer and producer.
Densmore has a master’s degree in screenwriting from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in film and video studies and creative writing from the University of Michigan. She is currently studying animation at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
“Frida ... A Self Portrait” is part of the art center’s online exhibition, “Frida Kahlo’s Garden,” which continues through Aug. 11.
The indoor exhibition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, there are a variety of events taking place, including the ongoing self-guided garden tour of businesses and homes throughout the South Haven area that display flowers and plants that Kahlo planted in her garden – a refuge where she often drew inspiration for her artwork.
For more information about the exhibit events, visit www.southhavenarts.org.