Organic Sofrito or Other Recipes for Disaster
Written & performed by Venessa M. Diaz
Directed by Melissa Crespo
United Solo Theatre Festival @ Theatre Row
Review By Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, PhD
Santita Soto has a successful web cooking show where she teaches her viewers to make holistic, natural, and healthier versions of traditional Latin dishes. While guiding her viewers through recipes of holiday dishes, Santita also reveals family memories associated with the dishes, the ingredients, or the smells of the food. Audience members experiencing this one woman show will be transported back in time as they witness Venessa Diaz transform herself into other characters including Santita’s grandmother, mother, and aunt. Organic Sofrito is a beautiful and powerful show about the intersection of food, trauma, and healing. Continue Reading…
“Sonia, ven!” my mother yells from the kitchen. It’s Noche Buena and I’m in the living room reading while my younger siblings watch the Disney channel. I go to the kitchen and she asks me to blend the mole for the chicken. I do as she says. I empty the Doña Maria mole into our blender and start it. Within seconds, smoke starts rising from the base of the blender. I immediately turn if off afraid that the whole thing will explode in my face. She looks at me.
“You told me to put the mole in the blender. That’s what I did!” Continue Reading…