March 07, 2012

Cristobal Colón Was A Cross Dresser.

Christopher Columbus was a cross dresser? Whaaaaaaatttt??  JU SO FONII !!! 
 Ok, si, you're right, let me rephrase that... 
BB was the cross dresser when she portrayed Colón for a play. 

 Actually, it was just a scene...Gracias a Dios, 'cause that helmet is heavy!!!

As y'all know if you've been following Babushka for awhile, 
I'm part of TWAM- Theater With A Mission.

This is a wonderful troupe of volunteer actors working to promote Florida's Spanish history by performing plays written during the Spanish Golden Age and interpreted for today's audiences.  Though written  in the late 1600's - 1700's the plays hit upon many ideals and situations still very pertinent to this generation.  In particular is the play El nuevo mundo descubierto por Cristóbol Colón  (Columbus Finds a New World) written by Lope de Vega which is the signature play of TWAM.  Under the direction of Benjamin Gunter we have performed scenes from the play in Spanish/English, using modern terms and events, and even gender changing of characters in order to share the richness and the parallel between times. 

 How do different cultures act upon first meeting?  
Do they decide to co-exist and if they do how can they maintain true to their beliefs?  

Very apropo for these days- especially for La Florida no crees?

The most endearing part of being a member of TWAM?  For the most part, the troupe is made up of Anglo members- that is to say non Hispanic non Spanish speakers who work so hard in learning the original language because they love the history, the relevancy, and the chance to show the "humaness" between different peoples- just like BB's reason for this blog. 

Si, I love TWAM for all this- 

plus, they let me use my fans.

; )

Babushka Besos a Todos.  Cuidensen.

P.S.  If you would like to know more about TWAM and/or would like to know our performance schedule or perhaps hire the troupe for your event, group or school, please contact Ben Gunter  email  or Kristin King email

P.P.S.  TWAM is affiliated with Mission San Luis  Feibu page  and

BB played Colón for the inauguration of  the Museum of Florida History's Grand Opening of "Forever Changed: La Florida, 1513-1821.  Feibu page

Por supuesto this goes hand in hand with the wonderful  Viva Florida 500  Feibu page 

Bohemian Babushka
Bohemian Babushka

Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!


  1. Wow this is awesome! SO how many plays have you been a part of so far? Looks like fun! Kudos to you for participating in enriching others with our contagious culture!

    1. Itzel, so far 2 plays many, many times! jeheje It is sumamente entertaining, enlightening, and tiring- pero si, I love it. Also love comments from my readers- thank you so much for yours.


  2. Thanks for the laugh! I thought Christopher Columbus was actually coming out! LOL

    So you've been bit by the acting bug? My last 'performance' was on Romper Room at Age 5! I won a national dental contest and got to present my picture on National Television! :-)

    ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

    1. heje Actually, as Colon I was trying to keep things IN! ; ) Thanks for the comment.


      P.S. You still have that picture?


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