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Simply Maria, or the American Dream
Simply Maria, or the American Dream
By Josefina López.

Cast: 4m., 6w. This wildly funny play tells the story of Maria, a young, precocious Latina aspiring to be an actor, and her dream of going to college. The story begins in Mexico with Maria's parents eloping. Maria is born, and shortly after they leave for the U.S. her father, Ricardo, tells Maria that in America, with an education, she can have the American dream. Maria believes him and studies hard. However, when she tells her parents she wants to go to college, they order her to get married instead. Maria is so upset she cries herself to sleep and has a nightmare in which her American self and her Mexican self wrestle with each other. She gets married and gives birth to six babies. Her wedding dress attacks her and a giant tortilla squashes her. Maria is awakened by her mother's crying and overhears her confronting Ricardo about his affairs. Maria is shocked by the news and realizes she has to go to college in order to be economically independent of men and have the life that she wants, one that combines the best of her two worlds. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 50 minutes.

Play details
Status:  (Subject to Restriction)
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  SB4
Cast Size:  10
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  35
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  50 min.
Target Audience: High School
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 087129723X
Having had over 40 professional productions of her plays shown throughout the United States, Josefina Lopez is one of today's preeminent Chicana writers. She has written such plays as Simply Maria, Or the American Dream, Confessions of Women From East L.A. and Real Women Have Curves. She is the co-screenwriter of the movie version of Real Women ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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