A Mexican Trilogy

by  Evelina Fernandez

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 4f

Faith, Hope and Charity comprise Evelina Fernandez's series, A Mexican Trilogy. The plays center around the Moraleses, a Mexican-American family. The trilogy deals in part with the impact that inspirational historical figures have upon the lives of the Morales family. Those figures specifically are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Pope John Paul II.

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A Mexican Trilogy

by  Evelina Fernandez

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fables/Folktales, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

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    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

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Faith, Hope and Charity comprise Evelina Fernandez's series, A Mexican Trilogy. The plays center around the Moraleses, a Mexican-American family. The trilogy deals in part with the impact that inspirational historical figures have upon the lives of the Morales family. Those figures specifically are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Pope John Paul II.

Faith is the first play in the trilogy. Set a couple decades after the Mexican Revolution, Faith is the story of a family faced with the challenge of retaining ancient traditions and cultural memory in the midst of social and political upheaval.

Hope, part II of the trilogy, takes place in the 1960's when a new young president, a national crisis and the loss of innocence follows the Morales family and the nation. 

In Charity, the third and final installment, the world mourns the death of Pope John Paul II, the centenarian matriarch of the family is visited by the ghost of her great grandson slain in Iraq, as a newly arrived relative from Mexico suddenly appears. 

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Reviews

"[A Mexican Trilogy] is as poetic, imaginative, and culturally accessible a work as anything since the commercial emergence of Tony Kushner." - Backstage

"The nostalgic ballads cut to the heart like strong prophecies: to enter the future, you must embrace the painful past." - Los Angeles Times

"The trilogy understands the deepest changes of heart are best expressed in melody. Fernández must be doing something right, because when her characters break into song, you know exactly how they feel." - Los Angeles Times

"Evelina Fernández’s imposing Latino Theater Company trilogy about a Mexican-American matriarchy forms the coherent Rosetta Stone of what is already a significant theatrical achievement." - Backstage 

"Quietly inspired...nobody who cares about the progress of American dramaturgy should miss its wonderfully realized launching point." - Backstage

"Rosie the Riveter isn't the only one discovering her power tools...SUPERB!" - Los Angeles Times

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
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  • Minimum Fee: £52 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century, 1960s, 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 4f
JUAN FRANCISCO 
GINA 
EMILIANO 
VALENTINA 
JOHNNY 
NANA 
RUDY 
BOBBY 
BETTY 
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)

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Authors

Evelina Fernandez

Evelina Fernández was born and raised in East LA. She is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor and she writes about the U.S. Latinx experience. She received the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play for A MEXICAN TRILOGY published by Samuel French. Her plays have ...

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Faith: Part I of a Mexican Trilogy premiered in 2012 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center under the direction of José Luis Valenzuela. 

Hope: Part II of a Mexican Trilogy premiered in 2011 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center under the direction of José Luis Valenzuela. 

Charity: Part III of a Mexican Trilogy premiered in 2012 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center under the direction of José Luis Valenzuela. 

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