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Bocón!

Bocón!
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Lisa Loomer
Publisher: Dramatic Publshing (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 41
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 0871298708
ISBN-13: 9780871298706

About the Play:

¡Bocón! is a full-length comedic drama by Lisa Loomer. The play follows Miguel, a big-mouthed boy on a magical and treacherous journey from his home in Central America across the border of lights into the United States. With his guitar in hand, a Quetzal feather to protect him, and the unlikely friendship of La Llorona, Miguel inspires audiences of all ages to find their voice and to tell their unique story proudly. Especially recommended for school and contest use.

¡Bocón! is a fable filled with humour and mysticism and song, which tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel who flees a repressive military regime somewhere in Central America for Los Angeles. A natural storyteller and irrepressible "big mouth" or bocón, Miguel loses his voice when his parents are taken and begins a metaphorical journey north to the City of Angels. Along the way he meets up with an unusual travelling companion, La Llorona, the legendary "Weeping Woman" of Mexican and Central American mythology. Through their magical friendship, Miguel finds his voice and the courage to cross the border to a new life. Miguel's story is relevant to immigrant children from all parts of the world … and to any child who is learning the many meanings of finding one's own "voice." Despite the gravity of Miguel's situation and the heaviness surrounding the themes of immigration and loss, the story is filled with heartwarming and humorous moments, reminding us that courage, hope and friendship exist in even the most challenging times.

¡Bocón! premiered in 1989 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Cast: 6 actors, with doubling. Flexible.

What people say:

"Bocón! is a children's play...but playwright Lisa Loomer offers so much for the adult mind to ponder. It would certainly be a shame to think that you can only see the show if you drag a kid along...the depth of Loomer's writing makes it more of an adult show suitable for the whole family." — Chicago Reader

About the Playwright:

Lisa Loomer is an American playwright and screenwriter of Spanish and Romanian ancestry who has also worked as an actress and stand-up comic. She is best known for her plays The Waiting Room and Living Out, which are taught in university drama programs, Women's Studies programs, and Latino Studies programs. She was twice nominated for a Pulitzer and also has received an Imagen Award for positive portrayals of Latinos in all media.

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