Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - The play takes place in the countryside of Puerto Rico. The set should NOT be realistic though - minimal furniture - maybe 2 chairs. One wheelchair for the character of Manolo, who is ill. Budget permitting, this is a play that does well with the "lights" providing the establishment of place and transitions.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Winner! 1996 Obie Award
is about a young woman's search for her identity. Maria Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays and arrives with plans to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has had an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Once Maria is in Puerto Rico, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American – a gringa - and Maria considers this a betrayal. If she's a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, Maria concludes that she is nobody everywhere. Her uncle, Manolo, spiritually teaches her that identity isn't based on superficial and external definitions, but rather is an essence that she has had all along in her heart. This play is published in a bilingual edition, if you are applying for licensing rights please state which version you wish to produce.
"90 minutes of laughter...Carmen Rivera has captured the spirit of the Puerto Rican experience." - D.J.R. Bruckner, The New York Times
"Carmen Rivera's deft playwriting delivers Maria from her personality crisis with spiritual transcendence." - Ed Morales, The Village Voice
"Carmen Rivera has succeeded in giving voice to the cultural search of Puerto Ricans raised in the Tower of Babel." - Juan Mendez, El Diario - La Presa
La Gringa (Spanish version) opened at the Spanish Repertory Theatre in February of 1996. That year the play won an Obie award and it is still in repertory as of 2012. It is the longest running Off-Broadway Spanish language play. Both Spanish and English versions are available at Samuel French.