Imagine living where fighting for your civil rights and freedom of speech landed you in prison where you were beaten and tortured. From 1930-1961, Dictator, Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic did just that. Like all countries under dictatorship there are those who have the passion, determination and drive for change. The four Mirabal sisters, also known as Las Mariposas (The Butterflies) became activists against the Trujillo regime to bring hope and freedom to the people of the D.R.
The novel, In The Time of The Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez inspired dramatist, Caridad Svich to bring this historic story to the stage. The play shifts from past to present, as Dede, the only living sister reflects back on her life in hopes that the spirit of Las Mariposas survives.
The projected images on the white façade gave the stage a sense of movement and depth that I found symbolized Las Mariposas’ movement. The floral wardrobe tied in the details of a garden like setting as each sister expressed their feelings about Trujillo and the government. Not only does this play represent the hope for change, but the courage and strength of women, which I am always fond of because it reminds me that anything is possible with the power that is within us.
By chance, Caridad Svich was in the audience and I was lucky to have met and get my photo taken with her.