GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — In continuation of its Spanish-language programming partnership with Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM), the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will screen the 2019 Ecuadorian comedy film Dedicada a mi ex (rated PG-13) for free and with English subtitles on Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. The film’s director Jorge Ulloa and actors Nataly Valencia, Carlos Alcántara, Biassani Segura, and Erika Russo will be on site to greet the audience and hold a Q&A following the screening.
“The film, chosen by Spanish-language Community Advisory Network leaders, with its fun and heartwarming storyline, is universal in its appeal, and the cast of Dedicada a mi ex resembles the multi-national make-up of the Latinx community in the Berkshires,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Janis Martinson.
“This exciting collaboration gives the Latino community access to the amazing arts offerings of the Berkshires,” says VIM Executive Director Ilana Steinhauer. “These are the initiatives that make the Berkshires a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds.”
In Dedicada a mi ex, Ariel (Raúl Santana) turns to music in an attempt to revive his relationship severed by a long-distance separation. With the help of his friend Ortega (Segura), Ariel enlists Néstor (Alcántara) and Felicia (Valencia) and the four form a band to enter a music video contest with a hefty cash prize — enough to reunite Ariel with his ex, if they win.
Admission is free, but reservations are required. To reserve seats, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-528-0100 during Box Office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
This event — like the recent free, Spanish-language screening of Mulan (1998) on September 18 — was programmed by the Mahaiwe’s Spanish-language Community Advisory Network (SCAN). The advisory group consists of 14 members who share an interest in the arts and was formed in partnership with VIM. With financial support by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the group works to bridge the Latinx community and the Mahaiwe, inform programming, and address social barriers to the performing arts in southern Berkshire County. This is the third year of the partnership which, last year, brought free Spanish-language movies to the Mahaiwe drive-in on the campus of Simon’s Rock, to popular response.
SCAN members Vladimir and Marco Soasti are coordinating the appearance of the director and actors, thanks to the generosity of Leslie and Stephen Jerome, who are underwriting their travel expenses.
The Mahaiwe welcomes patrons with touchless ticketing, a fully vaccinated staff and usher corps, Merv-13 HEPA air filtration, and bipolar needlepoint ionization for air sanitization. In turn, patrons are asked to provide proof of vaccination (or a recent negative COVID test) at the door and to wear masks at all times in the theater. For the theater’s latest safety guidelines, see mahaiwe.org/update.
About Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires
VIM’s mission is to provide access to free, quality, comprehensive health care for income-qualified, uninsured and underinsured adults living in the Berkshire region. About the Mahaiwe
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, Live in HD broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. For more information, see mahaiwe.org.