Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro


The starting point of my work on Double Edge’s Latin American Cycle was Alejandro Jodorowsky’s imaginative journey through his ancestry in Where the Bird Sings Best. Yet as the 2016 election approached, and so much misogyny laid bare, I realized that I could not make any more performances without a woman as a central figure. Discovering Leonora Carrington is no less than a revelation--  of an artistic partner, mentor, guide, and inspiration. As far as her encounter with Jodorowsky unfolded, the magic, mystery, and humanity we have portrayed is certainly to be found in both Carrington’s and Jodorowsky’s work, yet the way it is painted and imagined is without doubt mine and the ensemble’s own invention.

Stacy Klein, director


"[This performance] is steeped in magic, revealing not only the alchemical melding between great seers but also their spiritual tug of war around issues of gender. Every aspect of this performance is based on factual evidence and yet it also transcends reality to provide a tantalizing glimpse of what happens when the creative arts meet the magical arts."

Susan L. Aberth,
Associate Professor at Bard College, author of Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art

Upcoming Performances & Workshops

Inspired by the visual art, writings and life of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her mentorship of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, this surreal performance is steeped in magic and reveals not only the alchemical melding between great seers but also their spiritual tug of war.




Leonora and Alejandro’ and One Rather Trippy Encounter

Read the review

"I was stunned/stopped in my tracks by LEONORA and ALEJANDRO. As you can imagine, I’ve traveled around the world and presented/worked with poets/authors/educators/choreographers/composers/playwrights/theater directors, et al., and I don’t believe (at least, not to my recollection) that I’ve heard/seen contemporary/live performance about the-magical-mystical-mysterious-woman -- except as a character in mythology or science fiction (Doris Lessing; Octavia Butler)!"

Baraka Sele,
Independent Consultant

“Double Edge provides a level of stage virtuosity that is rare among American theater ensembles.”

Jedediah Wheeler,
Executive Director for Arts and Cultural Programming, Peak Performances at Montclair State University

Selected Articles:

The New York Times Critic's Pick
Review: ‘Leonora and Alejandro’ and One Rather Trippy Encounter
The River
Podcast: by Monte Belmonte
Peak Performances Season Brochure

"Cover yourself, Leonora" The surrealist who would not be silenced
ASAP Journal
“All Artwork Is a Magical Act”: An Interview with Susan Aberth and Stacy Klein / Jennifer Johnson


Leonora and Alejandro Recent Performances:

  • April 2019
    Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield, MA)
    Click here to view a digital copy of the program

  • November 2018
    Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield, MA)

  • March 2018
    Peak Performances at Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)

Upcoming Touring Dates TBA. Leonora & Alejandro is available for touring in several different formats, including full scale and other variations.


Women and the Unknown: presented by Stacy Klein
at the Anger / Appetite / Ambition / ART Symposium

Read Stacy Klein's speech in Medium: