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i put the fear of mexico in 'em

Matthew Paul Olmos

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573701993

An American couple on holiday in Tijuana stumble off the beaten path, and are accosted by a Mexican couple in an alley.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Experimental

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The sort of alley you're not supposed to go down in Tijuana, Mexico.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Princess Grace

***Received the 2009 Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship Award.***

When Jonah and Adray cross the border into Tijuana for a quick vacation, they stumble off the beaten path and come face to face with a Mexican couple in an alley. What ensues is a humorous and complex dance that explores and challenges notions of boundaries, safety and identity.

"What ensues is a complex encounter that challenges notions of boundary, safety, identity and what you would do for your family. It's a dissection of difference, of connection, of the borders and barriers we use to distance ourselves, and those dangerous moments when we cross over those borders and barriers." - Philip Himberg, Artistic Director - Sundance Institute

“An American couple is taken hostage in Matt Olmos’ frightening trip through a real and imagined Mexico. Olmos’ writing is both hallucinatory and brutal. His story of an American couple’s nightmare is not at all different from America’s nightmare with its ever present neighbor.” - Rogelio Martinez, playwright
I Put the Fear of Mexico in 'em received its world premiere with Teatro Vista at Chicago Dramatists in Chicago, IL on November 4, 2012.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Multicultural casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

EFREN – mexican, 37
JUANA – mexican, 30
ADRAY (uh-dray) – güera, 34
JONAH – güero, 34
VIVIA – female
All Other Characters – mexican
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Matthew Paul Olmos

Matthew Paul Olmos

Matthew Paul Olmos was born and raised in Los Angeles to a police officer and Labor/Delivery nurse. He is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient (2014 Lab, 2013 UCROSS, 2009 Time Warner Storytelling Fellow), New Dramatists Resident Playwright, the 2012 Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting and was recently named by Sam Shepard as the inaugural recipient of the La MaMa e.t.c ... view full profile

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