One-woman show celebrating Hispanic heritage coming to Victoria

Ruby Nelda Perez stars in the one-woman show "Dona Rositas Jalapeno Kitchen."
  • IF YOU GOThe Latina Forum and De Leon Club of Victoria will present "Dona Rositas Jalapeno Kitchen" at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Victoria College Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and available at the Cultural Council of Victoria, 214 ...

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  • IF YOU GOThe Latina Forum and De Leon Club of Victoria will present "Dona Rositas Jalapeno Kitchen" at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Victoria College Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and available at the Cultural Council of Victoria, 214 N. Main St., or by calling 361-572-2787.

A few years ago, the Latina Forum had a huge success on their hands when they brought in a production of "Las Nuevas Tamaleras." It was such a success, in fact, that they decided to bring in another show, said forum member Letty Juarez Sepelveda.

On Oct. 9, the organization, in collaboration with the De Leon Club, will present "Dona Rositas Jalapeno Kitchen," a one-woman show written and directed playwright Rodrigo Duarte Clark. The show stars Ruby Nelda Perez, a solo-performing artist who works with playwrights, directors and designers who address the social concerns of today and the experiences of a Mexicana woman living in the United States.

"This one-woman show is deliciously comic and peppered with the poignancy of cultural pride," Perez added. "Dona Rosita invites the audience to sit and enjoy the 'Last Supper' in her barrio of Salsipuedes while she contemplates selling her restaurant and home of 23 years."

Perez added the show is made up of several flavorful characters, which is something she strives for in all her acting pursuits.

"The characters I portray are bilingual and bicultural. The stories are issue driven, but the delivery of my characters help in challenging a community that sometimes does not have a voice," she said.

Raised in Alice, Perez was introduced to Latin American Theatre by the late Dr. Joseph Rosenberg, with whom she founded El Teatro Bilingue de Kingsville. She was also a founding member of El Teatro Bilingue de Houston, which is now called Talento Bilingue de Houston. Over the years, she has performed in many productions, including "Roosters," "Real Women Have Curves" and "La Victima," according to her bio. By 1994, Perez was collaborating with Clark and together the two created the one-person production, which premiered at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

"Dona Rositas Jalapeno Kitchen" is a joint effort between the Latina Forum and the De Leon Club to help raise funds for scholarships. Tickets are $15 and available at the Cultural Council of Victoria, 214 N. Main St. or by calling 361-572-2787.