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A Mexican Trilogy

A Mexican Trilogy
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Evelina Fernandez
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 0573702284
ISBN-13: 9780573702280
Cast Size: 6 female, 5 male

About the Play:

A Mexican Trilogy is an epic trilogy of full-length dramas by Evelina Fernández. This "Chicano Century Cycle" is made up of three separate full-length plays named after the theological virtues – Faith, Hope, and Charity. Travel with the Morales family through decades of the Mexican-American experience, from a remote mining town in Arizona during World War II, to the Phoenix family home during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and, finally to Los Angeles. A Mexican Trilogy deals in part with the impact that inspirational historical figures have upon the lives of the Morales family. Those figures specifically are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Pope John Paul II.

Faith is the first play in the trilogy. Set a couple decades after the Mexican Revolution, Faith is the story of a family faced with the challenge of retaining ancient traditions and cultural memory in the midst of social and political upheaval.

Hope, part II of the trilogy, takes place in the 1960's when a new young president, a national crisis and the loss of innocence follows the Morales family and the nation.

In Charity, the third and final instalment, the world mourns the death of Pope John Paul II, the centenarian matriarch of the family is visited by the ghost of her great grandson slain in Iraq, as a newly arrived relative from Mexico suddenly appears.

Faith, Hope, and Charity were staged individually in 2011 and 2012 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center to critical acclaim and went on to win the 2012 L.A. Drama Critics Circle's Ted Schmitt Award for outstanding new play. A 6-hour long production of A Mexican Trilogy was presented in its entirety – with a dinner break in the middle – in 2016 at The Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Cast: 6 female, 5 male

What people say:

"Evelina Fernández's ...trilogy about a Mexican-American matriarchy forms the coherent Rosetta Stone of what is already a significant theatrical achievement." — Backstage

"The trilogy understands the deepest changes of heart are best expressed in melody. Fernández must be doing something right, because when her characters break into song, you know exactly how they feel." — Los Angeles Times

About the Playwright:

Evelina Fernandez is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who writes about the U.S. Latinx experience. She was born and raised in East LA and in the 1960s became involved with the Chicano movement. Since 1986 she and her husband have run the Latino Theater Company, which embraced the ideals of the Chicano Theatre Movement, and has always been interested in promoting activism through art.