All My Mothers Dream in Spanish: A Play with Drums

Inspired by Afro-Venezuelan folk history, All My Mothers Dream in Spanish is about three generations of an Afro-Latinx family and their encounters with their ancestor named Guiomar. An Afro-Venezuelan folk hero, Guiomar was queen of Buría, a kingdom established by Africans who rebelled against enslavement in 1552. Guiomar also had the capacity for magic and has passed this on to her descendants who are: A...
Inspired by Afro-Venezuelan folk history, All My Mothers Dream in Spanish is about three generations of an Afro-Latinx family and their encounters with their ancestor named Guiomar. An Afro-Venezuelan folk hero, Guiomar was queen of Buría, a kingdom established by Africans who rebelled against enslavement in 1552. Guiomar also had the capacity for magic and has passed this on to her descendants who are: A Grandmother who worked as a housekeeper and now listens to the birds who visit her mango tree… A Mother who is a successful physician in the United States and never taught her daughter her mother tongue… A Daughter who dropped out of law school to join a revolution in the same forest where Guiomar reigned as queen. This play is made of midnight conversations, Spanglish, and dreams that leave visible scars.
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All My Mothers Dream in Spanish: A Play with Drums

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  • National New Play Network:
    19 Jul. 2022
    All My Mothers Dream in Spanish: A Play with Drums by Alexandra Espinoza was a finalist for NNPN's 2022 National Showcase of New Plays, and we are pleased to recommend it.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    20 Feb. 2022
    A play featuring three generations of mothers. Love how uniquely this play explores colorism and knowing one's ancestors. I really enjoyed reading this play and can't wait to see it fully realized onstage.
  • Jordan Ramirez Puckett:
    2 Aug. 2021
    I couldn't help but fall absolutely in love with these characters and the rich dreamlike landscape that they inhabit in this script. This play is filled with theatricality and demands to be seen on stage. I hope to see a full production of this play as soon as possible.