El Paso Blue

by  Octavio Solis

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

"A hootenanny of a script. El Paso Blue is extravagantly written." - Pittsburgh City Paper

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    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Al has to take the rap for his pal Duane’s botched robbery, but before he goes, he leaves his drunken ex-beauty-queen wife, Sylvie, in the care of his father, Jefe. In the year he is gone, Jefe and Sylvie fall in love, and when Al is granted early parole, he enlists Duane in a mad and murderous hunt for the fleeing lovers. In the course of their search, they meet China, a weird changeling who wields a water gun filled with ammonia and purports to know where Al’s wife has been taken.
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"Winningly intense!" - The Washingon Post, Read More

"A hootenanny of a script. El Paso Blue is extravagantly written." - Pittsburgh City Paper, Read More

"El Paso Blue is a Tex-Mex, po-mo, tragi-comic revenge musical, a knockout of a show." - Philadelphia City Paper 

"Ambitious and stylistically nervy." - San Francisco Chronicle 

"A concentrated, continually inventive, darkly comic delight." - San Francisco Examiner

"An exciting melodramatic thriller with mythic-poetic overtones." - The Oakland Tribune


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: In and around El Paso, TX, sometime before cell phones.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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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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El Paso Blue premiered at Intersection for the Arts in a co-production with Campo Santo in San Francisco, CA in May 1994 under the direction of Octavio Solis.

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