El Tigre / Juan Darien

by  E. Thomalen

Short Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f, 15boy(s) or girl(s)

"El Tigre leaves patrons spellbound." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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El Tigre / Juan Darien

by  E. Thomalen

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f, 15boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Experimental
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This play is based on the folk story "Juan Darien" told by Horacio Quiroja, relating the moralistic value of "a life for a life" and the transformation it creates in the life of the avenger. An animal becomes a human and then reverts back to an animal by an act of revenge. The play can best be told in dramatically en masque with some choreography. It lends itself to musical enhancement of a Latin, jazz/blues, or ethereal Andean flute music.

The text for this work is but the skeleton upon which the work is co-constructed by the performers in a manner more than is true of most plays. Building it out requires music, choreography, magic and masque. It is also an ensemble piece. The story told in the verse should be enacted in dance, e.g.,  in the sequence of death taking off souls of the village, in the jaguar courting scene, in the school scene, in death taking of the Mother etc.  

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Reviews

"El Tigre leaves patrons spellbound." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: Mime, No intermission, Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Jazz, Folk
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 4f, 15boy(s) or girl(s)
STORYTELLER
MR. JAGUAR
MS. JAGUAR
(KIT) JUAN DARIEN
HUNTER
MOTHER
SNAKE
TEACHER
STUDENT 1
STUDENT 2
STUDENT 3
STUDENT 4
PALLBEARER
CIRCUS BARKER
TRAPEZE ARTIST
KNIFE THROWER
ANIMAL TRAINER
MAYOR
CHILD 1
CHILD 2

NON-SPEAKING CHARACTERS
SENOR
MR. BONES (DEATH)
GRANDMOTHER
GRANDFATHER
MILK MAID
FARMER
HERDSMAN
PRIEST
BRIDE
GROOM
ALTAR BOY
NURSING MOTHER
STUDENTS
TOWNSPEOPLE
TIGERS
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Doubling is possible for many speaking and non-speaking roles.

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Authors

E. Thomalen

E. Thomalen's produced plays include Clara’s Christmas Dreams (2004, St. Clements Theatre, New York City); The Metamorphosis, A Play (2003, Jose Quintero Theatre, New York City); El Tigre (2001, U of Texas at Arlington & Bass Performance Art Center, Fort Worth); Dances of Life - and Death Thespis Festival (2015) Ta ...

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El Tigre was first presented by the University of Texas at Arlington Theatre Arts Program and the Hip Pocket Theatre on December 1, 2001. It was directed by Diane Simons who also designed the costumes. An ensemble cast was used and the performance was choreographed to an improvisational score.

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