In 2012, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi became embroiled in accusations of abusing his wife when a neighbor revealed a video of his tearful spouse showing a bruise on her arm – reportedly the aftermath of a New Year’s Eve argument between the couple. Three years later, Mirkarimi’s wife, Venezuelan actress Eliana López, has decided to come forward with her own version of events, told in the form of a one-woman play called Cuál es el Escándalo? (What is the Scandal?).
Lopez is using the play to give herself a voice, which she claims was taken away from her during the proceedings against her husband. In 12 different roles, Lopez presents her interpretation of events surrounding the alleged abuse, including six months of separation from her husband, court dates, and official proceedings. The piece is in part a critique of the way women, particularly minority women, are treated by a justice system meant to be tough on domestic violence.
Mirkarimi, whom Mayor Lee tried to depose, remains in office after a divided Board of Supervisors vote spared him from being ousted and is now back on the campaign trail for reelection. But López says they’re two completely separate projects – in fact, she says, her husband doesn’t even know how he’ll be portrayed and hasn’t been to a single rehearsal.
So what can we expect from this play? Why does López believe her voice was stifled? How did she go from not wanting to talk about this at all to writing a whole play about it? Hear some of López’s answers tomorrow morning on our biweekly webcast Listen Local, at 9:30 a.m. on via BFF.fm. Tweet your comments and questions at us during the pre-recorded interview and we’ll answer them live.
Cuál es el Escándalo opens May 29th at 8:00 p.m. at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.