La Puta Vida (This Bitch of a Life)

by  Reinaldo Povod

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 1f

"Vivid! Povod's talent glistens." - New York Post

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La Puta Vida (This Bitch of a Life)

by  Reinaldo Povod

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 1f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

This extraordinary trilogy of short plays includes South of Tomorrow, Nijinsky Choked His Chicken, and Poppa Dio!.

FEE: $75 per performance.

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  • Reinaldo Povod is the 1987 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama.



"Vivid! Povod's talent glistens." - New York Post

"Marvelous. Povod is an artist. In the lowest misery, he sees hope and human possibility everywhere." - The Village Voice

"A raw-edged knockout." - United Press International


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting: South of Tomorrow: A shooting gallery; the fall of 1978. 
    Nijinsky Choked His Chicken: Apartment in the South Bronx; summertime.
    Poppa Dio!: Kitchen in the South Bronx; autumn.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


7m, 1f

Prologue & Epilogue
PAPO: 20s; Hispanic; lean and handome; walks with a limp; boyish charm.

South of Tomorrow
LOOKOUT: Flexible.
ALLEY BOY: A 17 year old hispanic.
RANDY: A black man in his mid-30s.

Nijinsky Choked His Chicken
RAISIN: 12 year old boy; sturdy and handsome.
CHINO: Late 20s; Hispanic; sharp, distinct speech with a quick and virile mind.

Poppa Dio!
ANGELO: Mid-30s; Hispanic; tall, restless abnd commanding.
MAFIA: 50 years old; mother of Angelo; young, eager, and well built; from Puerto Rico.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

Off-stage voices required.



Reinaldo Povod

Reinaldo Povod, known to his friends as Rei, grew up on the Lower East Side as the son of a Puerto Rican mother and a Cuban father of Russian descent. In 1977, his play Cries and Shouts played at the Nuyorican Poets Café, where Mr. Povod was a protege of Miguel Piñero. Bill Hart brought Mr. Po ...

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La Puta Vida premiered at the Public Theater in New York City in December of 1987 under the directioon of Bill Hart.

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