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la ofrenda (the offering)
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Winner of the IRT Waldo M. and Grace C. Bonderman Playwriting for Youth National Symposium

AATE Distinguished Play Award (2007, PreK through Elementary)
By José Casas

Cast: 2m., 1w. (Casting Latino/a actors is strongly encouraged.) Alex Smith, a young boy who has recently lost both his parents in the tragedy of 9/11, is forced to move to Los Angeles to live with his only living relative, his grandmother: a strong-willed Chicana named Marta Torres. Both Alex and Marta struggle to navigate their feelings after this loss. Alex must deal with starting a new life in a strange place as well as being immersed in a culture he knows virtually nothing about. Marta must not only try to get her grandson to talk about his feelings but also come to terms with her resentment for her deceased daughter for not raising her grandson with a knowledge of the Chicana/o culture, as well as her resentment for her deceased son-in-law; in her mind, by taking her daughter across the country to New York, he is to blame for her death. At a certain point, a homeboy calavera named Califas shows up to offer Alex a shoulder to lean on as well as some tough love. Califas is a mythical figure meant to serve as Alex's conscience, but he is also the person who must help Alex come to terms with the fact that his parents are, indeed, dead. As the story progresses and the rift between grandson and grandmother widens, the tension boils to a point where Alex's emotional release has a devastating effect on his grandmother and on the altar she has created for the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. Ultimately, Alex and Marta acknowledge, for the first time, their mutual love for each other and come to the understanding that their journey as a family is just beginning. It is a journey with no easy answers, but they are both willing to try to find their way…together. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 70 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  LD8
Cast Size:  3
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  53
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  70 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583423397
Publication Date: 07/27/2006
José Casas is a playwright, director and actor from Baldwin Park, California. He has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California (Santa Barbara), an M.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University (Los Angeles) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/ Playwriting from Arizona State University. His plays include: A Bag of Oranges, The Assassination of Erik Estrada, ...More
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