Yo, en una Cantina? (Part 1)
This theatre piece by Compañia Artistica Torrena was featured in the 2013 Festival Cultural Zacatecas. It was written by Gricelda Torres in the historic Cantina Las 15 Letras, and features this cantina in a starring role. The characters and action refer to the 1940´s golden age of Mexican cinema, in which actors came from the world of theatre, of cabaret, musical comedy and lower forms of performing arts, and characters – much like film noire in the USA – were musicians, drunks, sad women hiding behind happy faces, all sorts of politicians and mafiosos.
The 15 Letras Cantina has been open and run by the same family since 1906. Women have only been permitted to enter within the past 10 years, a change which was resented by some old-timers fearing their space would be invaded, but for the most part it has been a happy transition.