“Gíbaro de Puerto Rico” a local theater company presented the production called “Mariana Libertad: Brazos de Oro“. The show took place at “El Centro de Bellas Artes de Santurce” from October 2nd to the 4th to a sold out venue.
The play is about Mariana Bracety, (portrayed by Sonia Valentin) a patriot and leader of the Puerto Rican Independent movement in the 1890’s. She was attributed with having sewn the flag with gold thread that was intended to be used as the national emblem of Puerto Rico; one of the most historic moments and relevance that the island had in the 19 century: “El Grito de Lares.” Written by Juan Elias Lopez and Sonia Valentin; the play was interpreted by Bracety’s perspective, her personal experiences and desires of an independent and sovereign Puerto Rico.
Valentin was an outstanding and convincing Mariana, with beautiful monologues and superb costuming by Cruz Rafael Caraballo. The ability to transform a strong alluring modern-day woman into a an 19 century rebel was no easy task, noted Sonia is one of the most recognizable television personalities on the island and is known for her outgoing personality and female empowerment; this part of course suited her perfectly.
Now the question is why am I writing about Mariana Libertad: Brazos de Oro? The reason is that I work side by side Sonia on daily basis as her wardrobe stylist for her daily morning show Entre Nosotras. Everyday I have the privileged and the opportunity to highlight this extraordinary woman; exteriorize her artistry with her wardrobe, convey different perspectives and emotions to the viewers at home. In theater much like in fashion, costuming is of the essence. In Mariana Libertad sentiments were expressed through the acting of the stellar cast, dancers and orchestra, but the wardrobe was fundamental to express the different stages of struggle, emotions, and of course the era. It was truly a walk through time and wonderful experience.
BRAVO TO THE PRODUCTION, CAST AND CREW, AND ESPECIALLY TO SONIA VALENTIN!