La MaMa Blogs: 6 Questions for Silvia Dionicio of Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)

Monday, February 3, 2020

6 Questions for Silvia Dionicio of Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)

Silvia Dionicio is part of the cast of Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes), which begins performances this week in the Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa.  Silvia took time out from rehearsals to answer our 6 Questions.  Come join the Fandango beginning February 6, 2020!  There are only 8 performances at La MaMa, so get your tickets now! 

1. What does the word fandango mean to you?
This is actually my first experience with Fandango! Til the beginning of rehearsals I’d never actually been to one. And as of now I’ve been to 3 and I love them. They are a welcoming, warm, fun and a symbol of cultures. And it’s nice to speak mostly if not completely Spanish for once.

2. How do you describe your role in Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)?
I think my character in this play represents: the “audience” (she’s an “outsider”) she’s never been to a Fandango, she doesn’t really know what it is. Yet she is welcomed with open arms and in a matter of minutes she becomes part of this family! And I think that’s what we are doing! We are opening up to the audience, telling them who we are who Latin Immigrants really are, sharing a little piece of us, our music and our stories.

3. What is the experience of performing in both English and Spanish?
It’s been great to play back and forth with the Spanish and English, in an honest, not forced way! It’s really interesting because rehearsals were the same way, a non stop back and forth of Spanish and English. And it was nothing but heartwarming.

4. How would you describe the music by Sinuhé Padilla in Fandango?
BEAUTIFUL AND HAUNTING! I would literally go home unable to stop singing his lyrics.

5. What have you learned from these stories of undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York?
I’ve learned a LOT about how hard the whole process of crossing can be, how scary, how haunting! Is just so shocking and beautiful how far people will go to create a better future for themselves and their family (as well as safety).

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
Oh this is definitely an “Acting Goal” from my bucket list! Plus I get to tell a story that is so close to me with such amazing people!


La MaMa presents

An En Garde Arts Production 

Directed by José Zayas 
Written by Andrea Thome 
Music by Sinuhé Padilla

February 6 - 15, 2020     

Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Students/Seniors

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

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