¡Bocón!, a fable filled with humor and mysticism and song, tells the story of twelve-year-old Miguel who flees a repressive military regime 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 traveling 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." A live musician usually accompanies the piece.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code B36000
- Cast Size 5
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 55 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871298706
- "¡Bocón!, skillfully handles the subject of immigration through the fantasy life of the main character, Miguel. This is a piece that has open ended opportunities for creative story telling and ensemble building. "
- Review by Mary Nickles, Montessori School of Anderson, Anderson, S.C.
- "Wonderful opportunity for enjoyment and discussion in areas struggling with Hispanic members versus mainstream. Hispanic audiences glimpse themselves onstage and mainstream ones thrill at the fantasy, follow the Spanish words, and learn fresh insight."
- Review by Amber Peoples, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.
- "The students had a great time with the play. Being from South Texas, they were able to identify with characters and situations. Bocon! is funny, sad, and everything in between. Many were stunned that our middle school performed the play; they thought it to be too difficult."
- Review by John Rodriguez, Antonio Gonzales Middle School, Laredo, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We produced this show with three rolling ladders and props to create the scenery. It was a great competition piece... we used guitar to underscore it, which really worked well. "
- Tip by Mary Nickles, Montessori School of Anderson, Anderson, S.C.
- "Keep an open mind and allow yourself to be creative in the sound effects and light effects. The [UIL] judge loved the way we had Bocon in the front as a screen showed the [actor] judge with a light."
- Tip by John Rodriguez, Antonio Gonzales Middle School, Laredo, Texas