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Mexican Trilogy, A - Full Length Play, Drama

Mexican Trilogy, A

Evelina Fernandez

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573702280

Faith, Hope and Charity comprise Evelina Fernandez's series, A Mexican Trilogy. The plays center around the Moraleses, a Mexican-American family. The trilogy deals in part with the impact that inspirational historical figures have upon the lives of the Morales family. Those figures specifically are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Pope John Paul II.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Fables/Folktales, Period, Docudrama/Historic, Faith-based

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century, 1960s, 1940s / WWII, 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play - Faith Part I: 1915, A small town in Mexico. 1940-44, a small mining town in northern Arizona.
Hope Part II: 1960-63, The garcia house in Phoenix, AZ. 
Charity Part III: 2005, Los Angeles, CA

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

The Ted Schmitt Award

WINNER! 2013 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award

Faith, Hope and Charity comprise Evelina Fernandez's series, A Mexican Trilogy. The plays center around the Moraleses, a Mexican-American family. The trilogy deals in part with the impact that inspirational historical figures have upon the lives of the Morales family. Those figures specifically are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Pope John Paul II.

Faith is the first play in the trilogy. Set a couple decades after the Mexican Revolution, Faith is the story of a family faced with the challenge of retaining ancient traditions and cultural memory in the midst of social and political upheaval.

Hope, part II of the trilogy, takes place in the 1960's when a new young president, a national crisis and the loss of innocence follows the Morales family and the nation. 

In Charity, the third and final installment, the world mourns the death of Pope John Paul II, the centenarian matriarch of the family is visited by the ghost of her great grandson slain in Iraq, as a newly arrived relative from Mexico suddenly appears. 


REVIEWS

"[A Mexican Trilogy] is as poetic, imaginative, and culturally accessible a work as anything since the commercial emergence of Tony Kushner." - Backstage, Read More

"The nostalgic ballads cut to the heart like strong prophecies: to enter the future, you must embrace the painful past." - Los Angeles Times, Read More

"The trilogy understands the deepest changes of heart are best expressed in melody. Fernández must be doing something right, because when her characters break into song, you know exactly how they feel." - Los Angeles Times, Read More 

"Evelina Fernández’s imposing Latino Theater Company trilogy about a Mexican-American matriarchy forms the coherent Rosetta Stone of what is already a significant theatrical achievement." - Backstage, Read More

"Quietly inspired...nobody who cares about the progress of American dramaturgy should miss its wonderfully realized launching point." - Backstage



Faith: Part I of a Mexican Trilogy premiered in 2012 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center under the direction of José Luis Valenzuela. 

Hope: Part II of a Mexican Trilogy premiered in 2011 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center under the direction of José Luis Valenzuela. 

Charity: Part III of a Mexican Trilogy premiered in 2012 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center under the direction of José Luis Valenzuela. 

Characters

CASTING

5m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)

CASTING NOTES

A Mexican Trilogy: Faith, Hope, and Charity is written so that each part can be performed individually or collectively. It is possible to perform the entire trilogy with a company of 11 actors: 3 female (teens – 20s), 2 male (teens – 20s), 3 female (30 – 50s), 3 male (30-50s).
Individually, cast sizes are:
Faith Part I: 9 actors [3 female (teens), 2 male (teens), 2 female (30 - 40s), 2 male (40s)].
Hope Part II: 8 actors [2 female (teens), 2 male (teens), 2 female (30 – 40s), 2 male (30 – 40s)].
Charity Part III: 9 actors [1 female (teen -20s), 2 male (20s), 3 female (40 – 50s), 3 male (40 – 50s)].

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Faith Part I:

GRANDMOTHER - 60, she imparts the ancient words of wisdom handed down from her ancestors. (Can be double cast by the actor who plays Lupe)
YOUNG ESPERANZA - 15, she is strong and determined to get the man she loves. (Can be double cast by the actor who plays Elena)
YOUNG SILVESTRE - 20, runs away with Young Esperanza. (Can be double cast by the actor who plays Freddie)
ESPERANZA - 30s, grown with three daughters. She tries to raise her daughters with an iron hand while her husband works in the mine. 
SILVESTRE - 40, Esperanza’s husband, is a copper miner and becoming disillusioned with the working conditions. He begins to organize the miners.
FAITH - 16, their oldest daughter, is as strong willed and determined as Esperanza. She wants to be a singer more than anything else in the world.
CHARITY - 15, their middle daughter, is patriotic and loves President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and wants to be American, not Mexican.
ELENA - 13, their youngest daughter is stuck between childhood and womanhood. She pees in bed, farts in her sleep and can’t keep a secret.
LUPE - 50, Esperanza’s friend and confidant, has sensuous thoughts about men and flirts with Ricardo Flores. She is left to watch the girls when Esperanza has to return to Mexico.
RICARDO FLORES - 40, a local radio personality who promises to make Faith’s dreams come true. 
FREDDIE - 18, falls in love with Charity and leaves to fight in WWII. 
CHARLIE - 15, has a mad crush on Faith, but she thinks he’s a kid. 

Hope Part II: 

ELENA - 30s, now married with children of her own, must face her husband's infidelity. 
CARLOS (CHARLIE IN PART I) - is a good provider, but cheats on Elena and beats his children. 
ENRIQUE - 40s, Carlos’ friend and Elena’s confidante, is married to a woman who suffers from depression. 
GINA - 17, Elena’s oldest daughter, is feisty and opinionated and bosses her younger siblings around. 
BETTY - 16, is in love with President Kennedy and imagines having long conversations with him. 
RUDY - 18, is in love with Gina. 
JOHNNY - 15, thinks he’s a ladies man. 
BOBBY - 14, is kind and quiet. Carlos calls him a “Mama’s boy.” 
MARI - 40s, suffers from melancholy, Enrique’s wife. 
JACK - President John F. Kennedy (can be played in silhouette). 
FIDEL - Fidel Castro (can be played in silhouette). 

Charity Part III

GINA - 50s, mourns her son’s death in the Iraq war and is obsessed with Pope John Paul II funeral services. 
RUDY - 50s, Gina’s husband, is torn between his own mourning and his new fondness of Juan Francisco. 
VALENTINA - 20, Gina’s only daughter. 
EMILIANO - 22, Gina’s dead son, talks to Esperanza in the upstairs bedroom. 
SILVESTRE - 50s, Esperanza’s dead husband, comes to take Esperanza to the great beyond. 
JUAN FRANCISCO - 20s, an unexpected relative who arrives from Mexico in search of the American dream. 
JOHNNY - 50s, Gina’s brother, a Vietnam vet, still suffers from the horrors of the war. 
BOBBY - 50s, Gina’s brother, a gay hair salon owner, gives Juan Francisco a job. 
BETTY - 50s, Gina’s sister, still hasn’t found the right man. She shares her love problems with Esperanza.

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

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