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Se Llama Cristina - Full Length Play, Drama

Se Llama Cristina

Octavio Solis

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573704697

A man and woman awaken from an apparent drugged-out night to find their baby missing. 

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - 1990s, 1980s

Settings Of Play - All the action takes place in a single bare room of a dingy apartment. 
This space becomes other past apartments.

Time could be in the late 80’s, early 90s. But it’s a tricky thing. 


Interior Set


Alcohol, Drugs, Strong Language




Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

WINNER - 2014 PEN Center Award for Drama
A man and woman awaken from an apparent drugged-out night to find their baby missing. The pair relive their history in order to remember their way back to their child and to try to set things right. This haunted, poetic journey moves through time from past to present to future, and from darkness and doubt to the glimmer of miraculous light.  


“Octavio Solis … is an accomplished playwright who knows how to manipulate a situation for maximum psychological insight, and this text appears to be so close to the bone that its subjectivity comes across with raw tension.” – Hollywood Reporter, Read More

"Solis' ear for details, for the small things that make one broken romance unlike another, make the dialogue pop.” - San Jose Mercury News, Read More 

“A magical realist fable with a side of fried chicken…” - The New York Times, Read More 

“Solis' rich intermarriage of gritty expletive-studded and lyrically allusive language carries [Cristina] a long way.” – SF Gate, Read More

“Se Llama Cristina retains some of the wild energy and crazy symbolism of [Solis’] early plays, but with a more mature sensibility underneath... If you are interested in edgy contemporary plays, go see it.” – Dallas Morning News, Read More

Se Llama Cristina was originally commissioned and developed by the Denver Center Theatre Company, a division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Kent Thompson, Artistic Director

Se Llama Cristina was developed in Hartford Stage’s 2012 Brand:NEW festival.
Se Llama Cristina is part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
with productions at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, CA; Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, TX; and The Theatre @ Boston Court, Pasadena, CA.



2m, 2f


Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)

MAN (MIKE, MIGUEL, MIKI) - A man in his early 30’s of Mexican descent
WOMAN (VESPA, VESTA, VERA) - A woman, early 30‘s, Mexican descent
ABEL, ABE(SHADOW) - A telephone man in his late 40’s
GIRL - A girl in her late teens of Mexican descent

  • Inside the rehearsal room at Magic Theatre - Se Llama Cristina

  • Se Llama Cristina Trailer - Magic Theatre

Octavio Solis

Octavio Solis

Octavio Solis is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. His works John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, and La Posada Mágica have been mounted at ... view full profile

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