U Got the Look

U Got the Look

It is Rich’s dream to be the perfect actor for every role, but as a new Latino actor in Los Angeles, is he better off changing his name to fit the mold? Is he not Latino looking, or is he too Latino looking? He meets Manilla, an African-Cuban palm reader, who gives him a potion to gain a special power to be the perfect look for acting roles. His dream to be perfect for every role he auditions for comes true however, it comes with a huge price.

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Alicia In Wonder Tierra (or I Can’t Eat Goat Head)

Alicia In Wonder Tierra (or I Can’t Eat Goat Head)

Family Comedy 3-5F, 3-5M multiple set full-length loosely based on Alice in Wonderland, with a touch of The Wizard of Oz, we follow the whirlwind adventures of Alicia, a Hispanic Valley Girl teen.

Alicia, a bratty teen visits a Mexican Imports Curio Shop with her culturally passionate mother. Warned to be careful in the back room by the store keeper, Alicia bumps her head after tripping over Mexican pottery. She then finds herself in a journey through media induced stereotypes and icons which are hilarious comments on today’s multi-cultural society.

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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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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.

SCRIPT AVAILABLE AT www.dramaticpublishing.com

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

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Los Matadores

matador3Drama 1M, 1F, a guitar player and flamenco dancer unit set Full length

If a woman could be a bullfighter, then Girl would have succeeded. Instead, she teaches a broken, old miserable wannabe.

A broken, wannabe bullfighter buys a painting from a blind man and from the oils a flamenco dancer and guitar player come out of it to sing and dance for him. The boarding house maid appears to be educated in the art of bullfighting and educates him in the techniques. Later they become lovers. However, it is not until he makes love to a minotaur woman is he able to fight in the ring.

Workshop at Paula Productions in Portland, Oregon 1997, Workshop and Staged reading at Body Politic Theater, various staged readings at Chicago Dramatists Workshop, The Bilingual Foundation on the Arts, and Seattle’s Empty Space Theater.

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