(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Wednesday , October 20th, 2021 — The Nun and The Countess – Based on the novel Sor Juana’s Second Dream by Alicia Gaspar de Alba. Co-Directed by Corky Dominguez. This is the story of the passionate romance between Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, a 17th Century Mexican nun and the Countess Maria Luisa de Paredes, Vicereine of Mexico. Odalys Nanin stars as legendary Mexican nun Sor Juana, who wowed a Countess (played by Genevieve Joy and alternate Lee Ann Gutierrez) with poems that still live today.
Sor Juana is considered the most prolific poet of the golden age and the first feminist of the new world. She was named the tenth muse (the Sappho of the Americas). She was a musician, playwright and a Lesbian trapped in a nun’s habit. The poems to Lysi (Countess de Paredes) are woven into the dialogue of the play offering the audience a window into their intimate relationship in the confined world in which they lived. These are soul mates who are in a predicament where society’s rules forbid the consummation of their love.
CASA 0101 Theater 2102 East 1st Street LA, CA. 90033
Friday, October 22 – Sunday, November 7, 2021
Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.
Advanced admission $30 Regular at the door: $40
OPENING NIGHT – Red Carpet Gala
Date: Friday, October 22
Odalys Nanin is an award-winning playwright, director, producer, actress, and founder/artistic director of Macha Theatre/Films, the first and only Lesbian/Latinx Theater company in California. She has a recurring role as Brenda in Games People Play co-starring with Sarunas Jackson a TV series for BET. Ms. Nanin also co-starred with A.J. Cook and Shemar Moore in Criminal Minds and was a guest star in Jane the Virgin with Gina Rodriguez. She has written ten plays to date: FRIDA- Stroke of Passion, Love Struck, Garbo’s CubanLover, The Nun and the Countess, Beyond Love, Skin of Honey, The Adventures of the Lieutenant Nun, Naked in the Tropics, Lavender Love, & Marilyn: My Secret.
She’s also a Filmmaker and has written three screenplays, produced three short films and two documentaries. Ms Nanin’s plays have garnered LA Weekly Pick of the week, Backstage Critics Pick, LA Times Critic’s Choice, Best play by The Advocate and Curve Magazine. She was chosen by OUT Magazine as one out of 100 that made a difference in 2007. She is the recipient of three Drama Log theatre awards (for acting, directing, and producing), the Maverick Award (Women’s Theatre Festival), the Pat Parker Arts Award from (Christopher Street West) & Two Eddon award for FRIDA- Stroke of Passion. She was interviewed by CAREER GIRLS as a role model in theatre for young girls.
Macha Theatre: is a non-profit organization under the 501C3 producing cutting edge plays, films & adaptations of classics about the Latinx LGBTQI experience. Our mission is to ameliorate the image of women and to build social, cultural & artistic bridges between the LGBTQI community and beyond. Sponsored in part by a grant from: East Side Arts Initiative, Los Angeles County Arts & Culture and California Community Foundation. Odalys Nanin is a graduate of The Drama Studio London and Rutgers University.