A world premiere fable of revenge and redemption. The citizens of a Latin American village, still reeling from the effects of a brutal civil war, find themselves facing an even more devastating foe: a plague that threatens the most vulnerable among them. A reclusive doctor discovers he has a magical capacity for healing, but it’s his own soul he must mend when he’s faced with a life or death decision. Will he choose a path of compassion or retribution?
All characters are Hispanic
It’s extremely helpful if the actors speak Spanish.
42, a doctor.â?¨ Serving in a Latin American country in the grips of a violent civil war, MOISÉS is generous, courageous (risking his life to help his people) and passionately in love with his wife BELÉN. But when she is violently killed, he becomes withdrawn, a recluse, refusing to heal a sick child as retribution for the sins of the father. (Looking for actors who have a facility with both realism and theatrical poetry.)
35, a nurse. Moisés’ wife.â?¨ Sensual, fearless, and full of life, BELÉN, along side her husband, risks all to serve the people of a small village in a Latin American country in the grips of a violent civil war. After being tortured and murdered, she returns to Moisés in visions and memories. (Looking for actors who have a facility with both realism and theatrical poetry.)
a priest. Any age from 42 up. Eugenio is the pastor of the one church in a Latin American country in the grips of a violent civil war. At first he is brave and stands up to the militia to protect his people. But when his fear wins and he denies sanctuary to BELÉN, leading to her death, he turns to the bottle to escape his guilt and shame. Alcohol always on his breath, he tries desperately to make up for his failings, but the specter of Belen’s death continues to haunt. (Looking for actors who have a facility with both realism and theatrical poetry.)
27, a soldier’s wife.â?¨ Open, honest and very trusting. Living in a small Latin American village in the grips of a violent civil war, Mónica watches her husband transform from kind, loving husband to cruel and compassionless warrior. She tries desperately to help him hang on to his humanity. In the end she must chose between her husband’s redemption and her child’s life. (Looking for actors who have a facility with both realism and theatrical poetry.)
Mónica’s husband.â?¨ To better provide for his wife and future family, Luis leaves his mining job to work for the army, then the violent civil war comes to Luis’ small Latin American village. As he moves up the ranks, Luis transforms, from kind, loving husband to cruel and compassionless warrior. Luis has lost friends and comrades in arms and in retaliation unleashes unspeakable acts on the guerillas, all for the sake of protecting what is his. After the war, his wife Monica tries desperately to find his humanity again. In the end he is forced to beg forgiveness from his enemy to save his child’s life. (Looking for actors who have a facility with both realism and theatrical poetry.)
3 ACTORS TO PLAY THE TOWN:
Looking for three actors, any age or gender. The Townspeople are the engine of the play. They portray various inhabitants of in a Latin American country in the grips of a violent civil war. They also narrate the story. Looking for actors who have a facility with both realism and theatrical poetry. Must be excellent listeners, have strong collaborative and ensemble skills and facility with movement.
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