Se Llama Cristina

by  Octavio Solis

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 2f

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

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Se Llama Cristina

by  Octavio Solis

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    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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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.  
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  • WINNER - 2014 PEN Center Award for Drama



“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


Scene Study and Classroom Reading: Plays for Colleges and Universities
by Becca Schlossberg
August 23, 2019


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

  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1990s, 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: 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. 


2m, 2f

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

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)


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Octavio Solis

Octavio Solis is a playwright and director whose works Quixote Nuevo, Mother Road, Hole in the Sky, Alicia’s Miracle, Se Llama Cristina, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The Seven Visions of Encarnación, Dreamlandia, E ...

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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.

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