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Frida...A Self Portrait

Frida...A Self Portrait

Written and Performed by Vanessa Severo
Directed by Joanie Schultz

Not Currently Playing
The Carnegie Theatre

About the Show

Frida Kahlo was her own mysterious and brilliant muse. The iconic Mexican painter captured the difficulties and wonders of her life with incredible vibrancy. Now, she comes to life onstage through playwright and performer Vanessa Severo. Frida...A Self Portrait transports you to La Casa Azul, Frida’s home, where Vanessa recounts the artist’s bold life. With music and movement, she shares insights about Frida’s physical limitations, complex love life, addictions and, of course, the beauty in her art. This searing new play cracks open a powerful portal between Vanessa and Frida bringing breathtaking physicality and raw honesty to this stunningly creative production.


Frida...A Self Portrait is suitable for ages 12 and up. Frida Kahlo boldly captured the details of her life through her art, and so this play includes discussions of adult relationships, illness and other mature themes.

Running Time

The show runs approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission.


Due to construction, performances will take place at The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St. Covington, Ky 41011.


For information on parking and to plan your evening, visit the The Carnegie's website.

View Program

You can view the Digital Program now online

Digital Program


Creating A Self-Portrait

Playwright and performer Vanessa Severo gives us a closer look into her play Frida…A Self Portrait, which is directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Joanie Schultz.

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Finding Frida Kahlo

Vanessa Severo, playwright and star of the Playhouse’s production of Frida…A Self Portrait, found her own entry into Kahlo’s life.

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Vanessa Severo

Frida Kahlo/Playwright

Joanie Schultz


Jacqueline Penrod

Set Designer

Katherine Davis

Costume Designer

Rachael Cady

Lighting Designer

Thomas Dixon

Sound Designer/Original Compositions

Brooke Redler

Stage Manager



Photo of Vanessa Severo as Frida Kahlo by Brian Paulette.
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