Two years ago La Má Teodora director Alberto Sarrain spoke against the Cuba ordinance, which outlawed touring Cuban artists from performing in Miami-Dade County. Not surprisingly the group's first International Monologue Festival inviting Cubans from all over the world received plenty of flak last year. But the event sold out. This year at the last minute, two venues allegedly cancelled agreements to stage part of a La Má Teodora minifestival because exiles had threatened to protest the presence of Cuban actress Veronica Lynn. A few weeks ago, one of those venues urged the company to stage Manteca elsewhere since the play's author would travel from Cuba. Hence the troupe's new home.
The word magagna is Italian for fiction, theater. Literally, it is the substance eyes secrete that changes vision. Obviously La Má Teodora has foresight, having planned several shows for summer and fall. Among them: the first collaboration between Cuban actors -- five from Miami and five from the island -- who will debut the play Se Parece Blanca here and in Cuba. Eventually La Magagna may foster clearer vision for all.