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Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa


Heather Pasternak Arrives At The Hollywood Fringe In Fabulous Feline Fashion

Heather Pasternak

Cynthia:  Look who showed up at the last performance of our Hollywood Fringe Festival play, Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa, in the cutest kitty cat romper?

Marcy:  No way!

Cynthia:  Yup. It’s her. Heather Pasternak.

Marcy:  It is her. OMG. Hello Pasternak! We think you’re a ferociously funny and critically cool chick!

Cynthia:  Heather was gifted this romper. Or, skort I should say. So we are not sure where it’s from.

Marcy:  A what?

Cynthia:  A skort. You know, a skirt from the front and shorts from the back. It was trendy in the ’80’s. I used to wear them all the time.

Marcy stares at Cynthia blankly.

Cynthia:  Here’s a view from the back.

Heather Pasternak

Cynthia:  See what I mean?

Marcy:  No.

Cynthia:  Really?

Marcy:  That’s a dress.

Cynthia:  Oh. You’re right. Well anyway, here’s a close-up of the cat print.

Close-up of Heather’s Cat Print Dress

Cynthia:  Not only is Heather a terrifically talented actor and stand-up comedienne, she is also a cat lover and advocate. And has been her whole life. She inherited it from her mom who used to help out strays in their neighborhood when she was a kid. Here’s Heather with a cat she rescued while living in Harlem, NY when she was a student at NYU.

Heather and her cat

Cynthia:  How come you don’t hug me like that, Marcy? What am I? Chopped liver?

Heather Getting A Kitty Hug From Her Cat

Marcy:  Oh, I’d hug you if you were chopped liver.


*If you are in Los Angeles, you simply must check out Heather’s stand-up act. She performs in the comedy clubs around here a few times a week and you can check out her dates and locations on her website,




Styling The (Not) Wives Of Pancho Villa: Revolutionaries, Lovers, and Hollywood Producers

Paula Rebelo and Marta Portillo in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  Well, here we are at the final installment of our series about costuming Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa, a new play by Jeffery Atik.

Marcy:  Finally.

Cynthia:  Here we have the revolutionaries, Osvaldo and The Colonel, who we put in donated flower button down shirts, plastic bandoliers from a costume shop, and $5 cowboy hats from the famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Tiago Ferreira and Katrina Nelson in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  The Colonel was played by the talented and subtlely hysterical, Katrina Nelson. The skirt and boots are her own.

Katrina Nelson in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  Osvaldo was played by the sweet and talented newcomer, Tiago Ferreira. Look out for Tiago! This former soccer player is going to be famous.

Tiago Ferreira and Katrina Nelson

Marcy:  Just remember:  you saw him here first.

Cynthia:  Next up are the Hollywood Producer, Mr. Thayer, and his assistant, Maria, played by another great comedy duo of Steven Christian Amendola and Heather Pasternak. In the play, the character Maria is everybody’s servant. Below, is Maria The Maid.

Steven Christian Amendola and Heather Pasternak in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  And here is Maria The Hollywood Production Assistant. Both of the actors, Steven and Heather, supplied their own clothing for their costumes, with the exception of the apron which I got on ebay for $8.

Heather Pasternak 

Marcy:  Shhh… it’s against union rules for actors to supply their own costumes.

Cynthia:  You shhhhhh… or we’ll end up in jail like Senora Torres and Fernanda.

Speaking of jail. Here is the famous killer/sociopath of the Mexican Revolution, Rodolfo Fierro, played to scary and humorous perfection by David E. Frank. In a costume culled entirely from his own wardrobe.

David E. Frank in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  And last but not least are Pancho Villa and his New Wife, played by super duper awesome Achilles Molina and the lovely and funny Lexi Tess.

Achilles Molina as Pancho Villa in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa


Lexi Tess in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  I got Pancho’s shirt from Jet Rag for $8.72. Those flowers on the shirt are hand painted.

The dress is Lexi’s mom’s. I was so excited for Lexi  to wear this dress not only because it was so pretty but because it tied in with Senora Torres’s dress on the other side of the stage – like bookends. I gave her my own red flower headband to pick up the red from underskirt of Senora Torres’s dress.

Marcy:  You forgot something.

Cynthia:  No I didn’t.

Marcy:  Yes you did. The ugly dress from El Paso!

Cynthia:  You’re right!

There is a running joke in the show about a crazy dress from El Paso. It had to be bigger than life and the actresses who wore it needed to feel Ah-Maz-Ing in it. I thought it would take forever to find but I walked in to Jet Rag and there it was, “the ugly dress from El Paso,” staring at me from an end cap. We put it on Marta and that was it. We looked no more. It was $52.

Marta Portilla in the “dress from El Paso”
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Marcy:  You forgot something else.

Cynthia:  What now?

Marcy:  My best friend, Bo Roberts, as El Viejo.

Cynthia:  I could never forget Bo. I just don’t have a picture right now.

Marcy:  GASP!

Cynthia:  I know! I know! He wore a $5 hat from Olvera Street, David’s black shirt, and his own khaki pants and shoes. He looked great.

Marcy (indignantly):  He looked better than great. He is the most handsomest man alive. How could you, Cindy? How could you?

Cynthia (meekly):  I’m sorry.

Marcy:  You’re fired.

Cynthia:  Yeah well, the play is over.

Marcy:  You’re still fired. I’m going to live with Bo. I need a vacation.

Marcy exits with a suitcase filled with Friskies. 

She comes back once she realizes no one will give a ride to a diva feline lugging a suitcase full of stinky cat food.

Marcy:  I guess I’ll vacation on the couch.

Cynthia:  I’ll join you. I’m exhausted.

Marcy:  Tell Freddy not to wake us up until August.

Marcy and Cynthia zonk out.

The phone rings.

Freddy enters.

Freddy:  Wake up!  Woo hoo! Your play got extended.


*Check out  Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four of our series about costuming Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa.




Styling The (Not) Wives Of Pancho Villa: Linda Landeros as Fernanda and Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres

Senora Torres and Fernanda
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia: Here we are at Part Four of Styling The Wives of Pancho Villa, featuring the hilarious comedy duo of Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres…

Isadora O’Boto

Cynthia: … and Linda Landeros as her daughter, Fernanda.

Linda Landeros

Marcy:  Hey!

Cynthia:  What?

Marcy:  Get it straight. Senora Torres and Fernanda are NOT wives of Pancho Villa.

Cynthia:  Righto. That’s Juanita’s (Pancho’s 2nd wife) mom and sister who are in big trouble for trying to steal Pancho’s money. In the play, Pancho has them held prisoners and they have no idea if the socio-path, Rodolfo Fierro, will kill them or not.

They spend the whole time tied up and bickering. It is some of the funniest theatre I have ever seen.

Marcy:  Fernanda is so bad and beautiful and bossy. I want to be just like her.

Cynthia:  If you mean spoiled, bratty, dramatic, and a thief, then you ARE like her.

Marcy purrs.

Cynthia:  Fernanda is played by the awesomely funny Linda Landeros. Linda is an actor/comedienne/writer.

Linda Landeros as Fernanda in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa
Linda Landeros as Fernanda in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  We put her in a –
Green skirt (thrifted) to match the green of her mother’s dress.
Black blouse (Linda’s own) to go with Fernanda’s scheming, criminal character.
Pink flowers (Claire’s Boutique) to tie her in with the rest of the actresses.

Marcy (entranced):  She’s so bad.

Cynthia:  Fernanda’s mom, Senora Torres, is played by another awesomely funny actor/stand-up comic/writer, Isadora O’Boto.

Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa


Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  I found this green dress in a thrift shop for $12 and fell in love with it. I thought it was perfect for a telenovela senora from 1914. Don’t let these pictures of a sophisticated senora fool you though. Senora Torres is pretty much a hapless dingbat, played to perfection by Isadora!

Marcy starts scheming.

Marcy:  I’m going to go off with Fernanda and we’re going to steal all of Pancho Villa’s money and run away to a big house in El Paso. And be famous and pretentious and spoiled. Yeah.

*For more information on super funny Isadora O’Boto please check her out at
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*Check out  Part One, Part Two, and Part Three of our series about costuming the play, Telenovela Wive of Pancho Villa.