|UNMC employee, Athena Ramos, center, portrays one of the Frida characters in the play, "Frida: Behind the Mirror." (Andrew E. Nelson, UNMC public relations)|
Devastated by childhood illness, a horrific accident that left her bed-ridden as a young adult, and a cheating husband, Kahlo painted her pain in a series of well-known pieces. According to historians, Kahlo wanted her artwork to display the reality of her life.
In the play, several women depicted the various personas of Frida:
- Frida: the traditional woman;
- Frida: her masculine persona;
- Frida: the woman she dreamed of being -- performed by UNMC employee, Athena Ramos.
The play was the first event in the 2009-2010 Diversity Lectures and Cultural Arts Series.