"Smartly entertaining [...] a funny and frightening play." - Variety, Read More
"[A] compelling character study, which pits human yearnings against the power of culturally predetermined obligations." - TheatreMania, Read More
"Mala Hierba is never less than absorbing. The dialogue zings at full speed, and the characters have an electric energy." - New York Post, Read More
"Saracho writes swaggering, punchy dialogue [...] This one grows big and flowers." - Time Out New York, Read More
KeywordsLove, Marriage, Parenting/Family, Latinx Interest, Economic/Financial Interest, Women's Interest
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 90 minutes
Sharyland, Texas in The Rio Grande Valley
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
MARITZA - Same age as Liliana more or less. Mari is a visual artist based in Chicago, with South Texas roots. Some might call her a “boi” or a “stud” and she wouldn’t mind it. She has a few tattoos she loves, some she regrets. She's done the dread thing, but now is sporting something more hip. More gender neutral. Black used to be her favorite color but now she's not minding rocking the retro gear she grew up with. She's an artist and is well respected in her community, some might call her well-known. She loves fiercely and is fiercely loyal. This is the friend you want for life.
YUYA - Older than Liliana by at least 12 or 15 years, but perhaps older. Yuya raised Liliana and her siblings and had served that household until she imported herself to Liliana's new household after she married. She's usually smarted than anyone in the room, and she always knows what the heck's going on. She knows her place but hides her resentment well. It is what it is.
FABIOLA - The 25 year old only daughter of Alberto Cantu, Liliana's husband. Fabi lives in Houston. Has always had everything. If you asked her, she'd consider herself liberal and progressive but it all depends on your definition. She's been working on her degree for seven years, going on eight now and she's so over it. It's a requirement really. To get a big chunk of change from her Dad. Hey, they made a deal.
- Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
- All Female
- Ensemble cast
Mala Hierba premiered at the Second Stage Uptown in New York City in July 2014 under the direction of Jerry Ruiz.