'The Burning Stigma' on the Stage of Act II PV
Gary R. Beck - Beck's Best

July 3, 2017

El Estigma Ardiente (The Burning Stigma) is the sixth play of Dionisio Theater Group, a troupe that will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year. It was written by Argentine playwright Rogelio Borra, suitable only for adults, tells the investigation into the conduct of the father accused of abusing two minors under his tutelage. The production is first-rate and extremely professional, well-worth viewing. The dialogue is spoken in Spanish, starring Juan Pablo Hernández as the Priest Francisco, who has been performing in "Divas de Rancho", César Bravo, an award-winning local actor as officer Fiscal, Oliver Michelena, member of the cast of "Tramoyanas" as Julián and Christian Velasco, Mateo, who last year was in the the cast of "La Ley del Ranchero", also produced by Dionisio. Directed by Juan Carlos Ramirez, who is also part of "Divas de Rancho".

"The work revolves around a controversial theme that is the perfect excuse to debate about truth, justice, innocence and morals. We do not pretend to lecture morally anyone, but to make them think and take their own reflections home" says Juan Carlos Ramírez, director of this staging. It is a simple religious set allowing the standing actors to be spotlighted as each spoke. A small bell was used often to signify a change of the scene and performers moved round. Other times, they are perfectly still, frozen so as not to detract from the actors speaking and relating the plot.

The rest of the creative team is made up of Samantha Dueñas in the direction assistance, Roberto García in lighting and Alejandro Lamas in the general attendance. This is also the first project in which the company Palmera Vacations co-produces a work together with Dionisio Theater Group.

Grupo de Teatro Dionisio began its activities in 2012 with the work of Alejandro Licona, "Abuelita de Batman". So far they have mounted "La Ley del Ranchero" by Hugo Salcedo, "The Man Without Adjectives" of Mario Cantú and "Tramoyanas" from Juan Pablo Hernández.

All the proceeds from the show on July 14 will go to SETAC, the local community center dedicated to HIV prevention. For more information, send an email to juan_pablo_h@hotmail.com.

You can catch The Burning Stigma at Act II Stages on July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8:00 pm.

Act II Entertainment STAGES complex is located at Insurgentes 300 (at the corner of Basilio Badillo & Insurgentes) 2nd Floor, Zona Romántica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Telephone is 322.222.1512. Show info and tickets available online at Act II PV. Box Office opened daily at 11:00 am on show days with a 2nd Box Office location across the street from Garbos on Pulpito street in the Romantic zone. Email act2entertainmentproductions@gmail.com for questions or more info.

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