New adaptation of Kiss of the Spider Woman to run at Menier Chocolate Factory

A new adaptation of Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman will run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from March.

José Rivera and Allan Baker have adapted Puig’s novel, which is about the bond two criminals, Molina and Valentín, form in an Argentine prison through their daily conversations. It was written in 1976, and Puig wrote a stage adaptaion, which was translated into English by Baker, in 1983. It premiered at the Bush Theatre and starred Mark Rylance and Simon Callow. The play has also been adapted into an Oscar-winning play and a Broadway musical.

This new production at the Menier, which runs from 8th March to 5th May (official opening 21st March) will be directed by Laurie Sansom, who directs in the space for the first time. It will have designs by Jon Bausor, lighting by Paul Anderson and sound by Philip Pinsky.

Playwright José Rivera’s previous stage work includes Marisol, Cloud Tectonics, and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Motorcycle Diaries.

Casting for the production is yet to be announced.

Kiss of the Spider Woman is at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 8th March to 5th May.

Menier photo courtest Kotomi_ (flickr)

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