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School Of The Americas - Full Length Play, Drama

School Of The Americas

Jose Rivera

Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780881453362

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Full Length Play


 “José Rivera’s SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS traces the last two days of the Argentine revolutionary’s life. The story comes from historical fact: When a feckless attempt to start an insurrection in Bolivia led to his capture, Che really was held for two days in tiny La Higuera while authorities decided his fate, and really did talk to a young villager named Julia Cortes. As imagined by Rivera, their conversations are sometimes predictable—America is “the greatest enemy of mankind” —but also contain surprising introspection. Che calls himself “a goddamn joke” and “a small, failed, stupid man.” No doubt addressing the audience, he declares, “Worship the struggle...don’t worship me.”Jeremy Carter, New York    “…Mr Rivera's intimate play is something of a bookend to his screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries, a coming-of-age movie about a young pre-political Che. In SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS politics serve only as a backdrop to a story about Che's encounter with a young teacher named Julia Cortes. Julia teaches at the schoolhouse where Che is being held, and after pleading with the Lieutenant to be let inside, she has a final conversation with the prisoner.   Like COPENHAGEN and STUFF HAPPENS, this drama uses historical fact as a frame to pose intriguing questions about what might have happened….”Jason Zinoman, The New York Times


4m, 2f

Jose Rivera

Jose Rivera

Jose Rivera is the Obie Award winning author of Marisol, Cloud Tectonics, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, and Boleros for the Disenchanted, among many others. His screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. view full profile

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