Bethlehem

by  Octavio Solis

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 4f

Winner! 2003 National Latino Playwriting Award

A dark work about self-knowledge and the nature of evil, where the devil lives in a godless world. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A dark work about self-knowledge and the nature of evil, where the devil lives in a godless world. Lee, accompanied by his photographer girlfriend Dru, arrives in El Paso to interview Mateo, (a convicted murderer recently released), over a period of a few days. During the intense interview process, Lee so empathizes with his subject's life in the past that he merges his own past with it in order to reenact it. The bloody conclusion draws upon the dangers of defining the nature of evil.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2003 National Latino Playwriting Award

Reviews

REVIEWS 

"What starts very slowly...builds to an effective and chilling climax, with Solis pulling out every stop in a terrific, contrapuntal quartet of memories and murder. " - San Antonio Current, Read More

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: El Paso, TX. Mateo's backyard patio and front yard, Lee's motel room.

Casting

2m, 4f
LEE ROSENBLUM (LEANDRO GUERRA)
MATEO BUENAVENTURA
MRS. BUENAVENTURA (AMA)
MRS. MIRANDA DEWEY
DRU
SHANNON TRIMBLE
SONIA
MEDICAL EXAMINER
BARRY'S VOICE
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)

Casting Notes

SHANNON and SONIA are played by the same actress. The part of the MEDICAL EXAMINER can be played by DRU or a disembodied recorded voice. BARRY’s voice should be recorded using the voice of the actor playing MATEO.

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Authors

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, Prosp ...

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Bethlehem was first produced by Campo Santo + Intersection in San Francisco, CA in July 2003 under the direction of Octavio Solis.

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