Francisca originated the role of Maria; a tough as nails "no nonsense" Latina from East Los Angeles in the Off-Broadway Play, The Last Jew of Boyle Heights at The Actors Temple, New York.
This production celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin and South American Women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.
Felix Starro features a book & lyrics by Jessica Hagedorn and a score by Fabian Obispo, and is based on the powerful short story by acclaimed Filipino American writer, Lysley Tenorio.
Francisca was in a Broadway-style folk production commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center that brings to the stage one of the greatest stories in American history – Wilbur and Orville Wright’s discovery of human flight.
FELIX STARRO, THEATRE ROW, NY
"Francisca Muñoz is painfully touching in her depiction of a debilitated believer in psychic healing."
– Michael Sommers, New York Stage Review
"...standout numbers include the haunting "Tango of Pain." As beautifully delivered by Mrs. Delgado (Francisca Muñoz) that it's easy to forget that this is a song describing in detail the nature of the many pains that plague her. Despite her words ('I feel it here. Then here. Always here. And even here! Can't eat. Can't sleep. Can't think. It's driving me insane") it's impossible not to move to the beat."
– Gemma Lolos, Curtain Up Review
"Tango of Pain," ... the actress Francisca Muñoz, as if cracking a whip, marshals the story's darker emotions into a stylized outpouring of fury; suddenly we understand the full import of Felix's deceits."
– David Barbour, lightingandsoundamerica Review
SOTTO VOCE, THEATRE LAB, FL
"...The truth and absolution of her Kahn is stunning, almost sharp enough to cut in an intimate space as Theatre Lab's black box, an unforgettable performance that should be repeated over a two-month run. Her backing is mostly in Munoz, who brings a refreshing comedic delivery that never fails, brightening even the darkest scenes. The two women could be sisters, working with a flow that's not typically seen. Munoz also creates muted pain in the latter scenes, a touch you could blink and miss, bringing Lucila to the fore-front of Stabile's Sotto Voce, and transforming issues of the 1930s to the issues of modern America..."
INFORMED CONSENT, GABLESTAGE, FL
"...The rest of the cast is just as good as they inhabit different characters. But Munoz delivers the crucial yin to Jillian’s yang. While her Arella has unwavering respect and veneration for tribal traditions, she believably adds Laufer’s third dimension of a young woman who has lived in an outside world that has adopted the pragmatism of science as Truth..."
- Bill Hirschman, Florida Theatre OnStage