The La Llorona story is similar to the Greek Medea myth. La Llorona means "woman who cries." Though there are variations to this story, the oldest oral versions can be traced to the 1500s, when the Spanish conquistadors took the country now called Mexico. They married the Indian women and were very proud of their offspring, aware they were starting a new breed. In this play, a Spaniard, who has lived peacefully in the jungles with his new family, must return to Spain. He plans to take his wife and children with him, but his relatives in Spain won't hear of it. They consider the Indians worthless savages with no place in their society. After some debate, his family consents to his bringing only the children since they, at least, are half Spanish. The soldier tells his Indian wife of his plan and that because his family does not recognize their marriage, they have chosen a bride for him in Spain. Devastated and crazed that her children are to be taken away, La Llorona kills them so her husband cannot have them. Realizing what she has done, she runs through the streets screaming and crying. The Spaniard returns home, disconsolate.
- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code L82000
- Cast Size 4
- Min. Royalty Rate $45/perf
- Cost $8.95
- Approx. Run Time 20 min
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871295521
- "Great script! Our bilingual audience was very impressed!"
- Review by Diana Wilson-Estrada, Luces de Bohemia, Las Vegas, Nev.
- "Very short but allows for lots of technical creativity and challenging acting for the Llorona and soldier."
- Review by Diana Torres, Americo Paredes Middle School, Austin, Texas
- "The play La Llorona Llora is true to its folkloric roots."
- Review by Sharla Riddle, W. C. Stripling Middle School, Fort Worth, Texas
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- "We used additional actors to create a true Greek chorus."
- Tip by Sharla Riddle, W. C. Stripling Middle School, Fort Worth, Texas