Tres Vidas

Oct 092007
Authors: Valerie Hisam

Three lives, three women and three stories were the key to the performance of “Tres Vidas” that combined acting, singing and the CORE Ensemble Tuesday evening.

With only a small crowd, the concert was led by actress Georgina Corbo, who intimately portrayed the lives of three influential Latin women: famous painter Frida Kahlo, activist Rufina Amaya and poet Alfonsina Storni.

Corbo created three very different characters who captured the attention of their fame, but also the importance of their lives.

“There are so many Latinos prominent in history, we find that not as many people know about (these women),” said Corbo, who has played characters on “Law and Order” and “Sesame Street,” as well as having done many commercials. “These women’s stories are stories of hope that encourage and support change.”

“Tres Vidas” was co-sponsored by the Association for Student Activity Programs (ASAP) and El Centro, and is a part of the National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration that lasts from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

According to Shannon Smock, a senior finance major and the concert coordinator for ASAP, the performance was a way to “impact and help students understand a whole other culture.”

“It was all about the hardships they faced through their experiences,” she said.

For those students who attended the performance, whether or not it was a different culture they were experiencing, there was a dramatic portrayal of tragedy and triumph for these three women.

“It makes people aware that not just one race is oppressed,” said Rachel Bingham, a sophomore Spanish and journalism double major. “It’s good just to be open minded about all of the people that are here.”

For Bingham, as well as Smock, they didn’t know what to expect from the performance, but it was eye-opening and worth the wait. Bingham said she wished more students had come, because the play provided a different perspective on history.

“It may be kind of out of people’s comfort zones,” Bingham said. “Students should come take part because it will help in the long run with their different perspectives on cultures.”

As for Corbo, the experience has provided her with knowledge about history and culture that she has been grateful to be a part of.

‘”Tres Vidas’ is about learning about our ancestors,” Corbo said. “It’s about their lives, and hardships in stories that we can learn a lot from today.”

Verve reporter Valerie Hisam can be reached at

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