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Praise for Abortion Road Trip

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Awarded “Best Comedy” at Fringe Festival Audience Awards

Washington Post: “…a rare thing: It’s a zippy, feel-good comedy that has managed to attract protesters before every performance.”

DC Theatre Scene: “…Menendez brings an emotional depth and clarity to Taylor, which in turn helps round out the mostly quiet Driver.”

MD Theatre Guide: “The heart of the play lies with this subtle character and her relationship with her wife Taylor, beautifully played by Thais Menendez.”

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Where Art & Law Meet

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I wrote about our play Abortion Road Trip for Breaching the Fourth Wall, a blog about the intersection of theatre and law. We have three more shows happening this week.

Plays like Abortion Road Trip use theatre as a means to start conversations about these complex issues. In my eyes, theatre as a platform is most successful when reflective of the greater issues affecting our society, bringing to life these human stories and driving them further into our collective consciousness. As artists, we have a responsibility to imbue our work with truth and relevancy that can resonate with a range of audiences—that is the power of theatre. And that is the power of Abortion Road Trip.

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Political Art in a Trump Era

Felt compelled to share this excellently-written piece by my friend Kaiya Lyons on her new blog about the intersection of art and law.

Although it’s entirely legal, the corporations’ readiness to pull out their funding evokes an ominous vision of the theatre community’s future. Especially considering the Trump administration’s proposed elimination of the NEA, corporate sponsorship of the arts in the Trump era is likely to be paramount to sustaining our country’s strong commitment to artistic freedom and, ultimately, free speech. Without active public funds going to the arts, it will fall upon corporations and individuals to prevent the chilling of artistic expression and political speech, which is “indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth” and essential to thwart tyranny and corruption.

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Praise for #NastyWomenRep

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Washington Post: “…arresting and appealingly idiosyncratic…Thais Menendez is amusingly frivolous as Amy’s best friend, Reba…the production is gripping enough to elicit an ache of solicitude.”

DC Theatre Scene:  “Thais Menendez is a melancholy Anne, who carries her emotional wounds just below the surface.”

DC Metro Theatre Arts: “…the stuff for which this gritty small theatre is best known…Anne, played feistily by Thais Menendez…

Broadway World: “…this very unsettling work is subtly powerful. The four girls are superb…Thais Menedez provides some much needed relief from tension in an outstanding cameo…this piece resonates much louder considering the nation’s political climate. “

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#NastyWomenRep

It’s been hard to organize my thoughts this past month. At times it seems like I’m shouting into a hopeless abyss, and the vibrations boomerang back at me. It hurts. I don’t know what to do, and so I turn to art.

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Telling a True Story: Love in Ruins

This summer, I’ll be participating in DC’s Capital Fringe Festival as Mayte in Love in Ruins, a new work by Paul Handy, directed by the super brilliant Clare Shaffer. It feels particularly special to be entrusted with this story because Spain holds a dear spot in my heart, and because the story is nonfiction.
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Except when it is reciprocal

“El desprecio, querida, es un sentimiento terrible…excepto cuando es recíproco.”

These past two months have been a constant learning process for me. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside an incredibly talented group of artists in Señorita y Madame: The Secret War of Helen Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, the US premiere of Gustavo Ott’s play about two moguls of the early cosmetics industry. The piece explores the pernicious rivalry between these two trailblazers, painting their stories in the context of early feminism, two World Wars, and the Great Depression. I form part of the ensemble, playing various characters to support the rich, fast-paced progression of this fascinating story that at times presents itself as an outright brawl.

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Photo by Lonnie Tague for GALA Theatre

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Nuevas Aventuras de Don Quijote

It’s been great fun working on this project for GALita, GALA Theatre’s children’s series. After a two-week run for school matinees and public audiences alike, Las Nuevas Aventuras de Don Quijote has been touring to various schools in the DC area. I’ve never played a bilingual character before, so this has been a wonderful opportunity.

My main character was Don Quijote’s niece who served as translator/narrator for non-Spanish speakers in the audience:

but I also got to play another Spanish-speaking character that was quite fun!

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