Black Comedy 2M One set Short one act

A hilarious depiction of a smuggler enticing a reluctant young man to cross the border.

Nacho is standing in front of a wall waiting for a passerby. When he sees one, he puts on the charm and attempts to convince the passerby there is much to be found on the other side of the wall for just one dollar. Estefan is not interested, but that doesn’t stop Nacho. He uses every tactic until he gets Estefan interested to ‘go to the other side.’ Finally, Estefan pays his dollar and crawls through the hole to get to the other side. Then fate comes in.

Presented at the Oregon Bilingual Conference in Bend, Oregon 1997, Produced by Aguijon II Theater company (1992)

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Boxcar / El Vagon

Tragedy 8 M Unit Full length

“Looking for a life in the United States, FIVE Mexicans and a teen from El Salvador wait for someone, even the border patrol, to open their sealed boxcar in the insufferable heat.”

Set in a Texas, Border patrol officer Roberto is just doing his job and deporting undocumented workers along with his partner Bill. Meanwhile, five Mexicans and an Salvadorian teen are riding in a sealed boxcar to ready employers. They feel they are going to get across safely until the engine develops mechanical problems. They are left in the desert and each hour the temperature rises. Manual pleads for all to remain calm and conserve their air until rescue. The others disagree and try everything they can to escape. When border officers reach them, it is too late for all but one man.

Set in Texas, BOXCAR/EL VAGON is based on a true story

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Death of a Social Security Benefit

Farce 1F, 2M senior citizen actors one set Full-lengthHow does one keep a social security check coming in? Cover the fact your husband has died. This is what Shirley does until she is faced with her husband’s ex-step son who works for the social security office. Shirley must make it appear that Jack is still alive.Shirley and Jack met through the senior citizen’s personal ads. They’ve been living together for ten years quiet happily, until Shirley decides they should get married. Jack warns Shirley that if he dies before the required nine months after marriage, she won’t be privy to his social security check. Shirley then panics when Jack coughs. After keeping a careful eye on Jack to make sure he lives the required nine months, they get into a fierce argument. Out of spite, Jack dies. To Shirley’s horror it is only one day short of the nine months! She then mummifies the body to make it look like Jack is reading the paper in the kitchen. All is well until Jack’s ex-step son from an earlier marriage comes to visit. It turns out he works for the Social Security office. Now Shirley has to get the ex-step son to agree not to utter a word of the mummified corpse of Jack Katz.

Staged Readings at Chicago Dramatists Workshop and New Dramatists in New York

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Children’s theatre 1F,1M, 4 children (one physically challenged) one set One act

Children playing in the park meet a strolling minstrel and his puppeteer assistant who tell Mexican folk tales, and sing songs.

A traveling minstrel and his assistant come across some children playing ‘ghost’ with their friend who is in a wheel chair. Curious, the children convince the minstrel to tell them stories. They do so with a parrot puppet.

Commissioned and produced by The Kennedy Center Youth Dept.

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La Llorona Llora

lloronaDrama 3F,1M one set One act

A historical and sensitive recreation of the original Mexican ‘Medea’ story of La Llorona and the conquistador who loved her.

For many Indian tribes in Mexico, the Spanish were welcomed to temper the sometimes ruthless Aztecs. These friendly tribes and the Spanish lived peacefully for awhile and their off-spring became a mixture of the two. However, one Spaniard, preparing to return home to his sisters and mother, is forbidden by them to bring his Indian wife and Mexican children. Torn, he gets them to accept his children, and decides to leave his wife. The wife, crazed with the idea of never seeing her children again, kills them, and then goes crazy from regret. Even today, there are those who say they hear her crying at night.


Produced in Kalamazoo and Chicago by The Whole Art Theater (1994, 1995)

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