The only thing a great actress needs, is a great work and the will to succeed

© Paula PRIETO

Program Information

Genre / City Theatre / Mexico City
Dates 4 May at 16:30, 5 May at 13:30, 5 May at 16:30, 6 May at 16:30
Venue Restaurant FRANÇAIS 3F(In front of Shizuoka ISETAN)
Duration 50 minutes
Language In Spanish with Japanese subtitles
seat Non-reserved seat
Direction and
Production VACA35
© Alfredo millan/rolatuarte2013
© Vaca 35 Theatre Archive Files
© Vaca 35 Theatre Archive Files


Can plays satisfy people’s hunger?

A chubby actress and a skinny one play a madam-and-maid game together in a small space built in the 1960s on a main shopping street in central Shizuoka City. Yet even as the performance recalls 1947’s The Maids, the sadomasochistic masterpiece by French dramatist Jean GENET (1910–1986), the harsh reality of the two women’s poverty and social isolation is also revealed in glimpses. The result is a remarkable, layered piece that’s sure to leave many audience members in awe of live theatre’s power to transport them to realms of make-believe, while also conveying a shared reality.

Director’s Profile

Damian CERVANTES was born in 1981 in the city of Mexico. He was awarded Best Young Director in Festival MESS (Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina) in 2015. And in the same year, he was selected by the Goethe Institut to join the Theatertreffen Festival as an International Forum Scholar. As a stage designer he was selected for the Prague Quadriennial (PQ 2015). FONCA grant Young creators (for stage direction) in 2012-2013. As an actor he participated in several projects with directors such as; José CABALLERO, Saul MELENDEZ and Emilio GARCÍA WEHBI. He attended several workshops and acting training, as well as address and seminars; Ricardo DÍAZ, Daniel VERONESE, Ana ALVARADO, among others, was assistant teachers and directors such as; Eugenio BARBA, Mario ESPINOSA and David OLGUIN and production such as the national diploma in theatrical production. Teaching has been Deputy Master of the Bachelor of Theatre House, as well as in the CUT (Centro Universitario de Teatro), guide/creator of the training laboratory for scenic artists and Professor of theatre at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. (ITESM). He has taught workshops of contemporary theatre in Barcelona, San Sebastián and Madrid, Spain. 6 professional works as director since 2007. Catastrophe, Samuel BECKETT, within the cycle there is nothing to say 5 directors, 5 short plays (Production UNAM). CERVANTES is a co-founder and artistic director of Vaca 35 Theatre Group, since 2007. Director of 5 works in the group, same that they have received awards as well as traveled in various festivals; Crazy love, comes from J. IBARGÜENGOITIA, won the assault program to the armchair (INBA), recognition of best play, direction, sets and costumes at the UNAM (2008) Festival, by chance… based on the novel by M. KUNDERA (also an actor), it opened a forum at the miracle theatre, named in the same way that the work, with roles in Puebla, Chiapas, and Madrid, Spain. The only thing that needs a great actress, is a great work and the will to succeed. is a creation based on the good of GENET (National Theatre 2012 shows selection. In 2013 he made his first tour of international festivals; Fringe Madrid, Fira Tàrrega in Catalunya, House taken in Cuba, receiving the prize Villanueva 2013. First Mexican work with season of 39 roles in Matadero, Madrid and Barcelona room Atrium. 2014 participation in dFeria. Donostia – San Sebastián). Also with Vaca35, he appeared as an actor/producer in Uppercut under the direction of Saúl MELÉNDEZ. That memory already nobody can remove it you is a theatrical creation based on Three sisters by CHEKHOV (work selected for Fringe Madrid 2014). The tightrope of David GAITAN is the latest release of the group (in co-production and residence with theatre La Capilla). When everyone thought that we had gone (Theatre documentary based on food) co-production with Vaca35 Theatre Group, Fira Tàrrega and Nau Ivanow (Mexico-Catalonia-Spain) was premiered September 2015. Creditor of Iberescena scholarship project.

Cast / Staff

Collective creation: Vaca 35 Teatro en Grupo
Directed and co-written by Damian CERVANTES

Performed by Diana MAGALLON, Mari CARMEN RUIZ

Executive producer: Jose FLORES CHAVEZ
Production: VACA35 
Supported by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) Proyecto apoyado por el Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes

SPAC staff
Stage manager: KAWAKAMI Daijiro
Stage: UCHINO Akiko, ORIMOTO Yumika
Interpretation: MORI Naoka
Subtitle translation and operation: FURUYA Yuichiro
Production: YUKIOKA Jun, HAYASHI Yuka
Volunteers: MATSUURA Yasumasa, Sēbastien BONNET

Technical director: MURAMATSU Atsushi
Lighting manager: HIGUCHI Masayuki
Sound manager: KATO Hisanao

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018  文化庁 beyond2020


Recommended for age 12 and up.

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