Kiss of the Spider Woman (2012)
Molina, a transgender window dresser, is in a Latin American, serving a sentence for corrupting a minor. He lives in a fantasy world to flee the prison life. His fantasies turn mostly around movies, particularly around a vampy diva, Aurora. He loves her in all roles, but one scares him: This role is the spider woman, who kills with her kiss.
Molina cares for his tortured new cell mate, Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary. Valentin can't stand Molina and his theatrical fantasies and draws a line on the floor to stop Molina from coming nearer to him. Molina talks of Aurora and his mother, and Valentin at last talks of his lover, Marta.
Again, Valentin is tortured, again Molina has to care for him afterwards. In his fantasies, Aurora is next to him, helping him do so.
The prison promises Molina that he can see his very ill mother, only if he tells the name of Valentin's girlfriend. Molina knowingly eats poisoned food to protect Valentin and is nursed back to health by fantasies of his mother and Aurora. He then has to nurse Valentin back to health after he unknowingly eats the poisoned food.
Valentin finally opens up and shares his fantasies and hopes with Molina. Molina is allowed a short while at the telephone with his mother. Once back he announces to Valentin that he's going to be freed for his good behaviour the next day. Valentin begs him to do a few telephone calls for him, Molina at first refuses, but Valentin knows how to persuade his cell mate...
Molina is brought back the next day, heavily injured. He has been caught in the telephone call, but refuses to tell whom he has phoned. The warden draws his pistol, threatening to shoot him, if he doesn't tell. Molina confesses his love to Valentin and is shot. Aurora bends over him and gives her deadly kiss.
In memory of Lee Hopkins 1987 - 2012.
- Molina - Steve Griffin
- Aurora/The Spider Woman - Annie Hayes
- Valentin - Nathan Benson
- Warden - Philip Gill
- Esteban - Lawrence Dunant
- Marta/Dancing Chorus - Maria Lukeman
- Molina's Mother/Dancing Chorus - Jenni Chadney
- Gabriel/Prisoner/Count Ostrovsky/Chorus - Steve Brown
- Valentin's Sister/Dancing Chorus - Chloe Beecham
- Amnesty International Rep/Dancing Chorus - Anna Callender
- First Woman/Dancing Chorus - Louise Campbell
- Prisoner/Chorus - Juliusz Mosek
- Prisoner/Chorus - Jonathan Murray
- Valentin's Mother/Chorus - Ayten Soylu
- Aurelio - Aurélien Farjon
- Designer - Aurélien Farjon
- Producer - David Dellaire
- Choreographer - David Dellaire
- Assistant Choreographers - Annie Hayes, Jenni Chadney, Nathan Benson
- Stage Manager - Kay George
- Assistant Stage Manager - James Hough
- Lighting Designers - David Dellaire, Anna Callender
- Lighting and Sound Operator - Kevin Leech
- Rehearsal Pianist - Andrew Chadney
Adam Crook, Amanda Miller, Bob Callender, Dave Hollander, Erkin Mehmet, Gavin Parker, Gill Miller, The Hope Pub, Jeanette Hoile, Karen Wilde, Lisa Thomas, N.C.T., The Park Pub, SLT Bar Staff, SLT Box Office Staff, SLT Front of House Staff, Val Williams
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Kiss Of The Spiderwoman (1989) non-musical version.