Memoria del silencio en el país de la eterna primavera

In the land of eternal spring, where ghosts outnumber the living, nearby villages have disappeared and roses grow larger than cattle; young Mari and her Tia Irma must face the boundaries of love when tested by the realities of life— aging, war and illness.
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Memoria del silencio en el país de la eterna primavera

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  • Shaun Leisher:
    9 Apr. 2021
    A gorgeous plays about about the ghosts of the past that are both literal and in our minds.

Character Information

  • Mari
    teens,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female/Femme/NB
    Irma’s niece; guarded and fiercely independent, though her youth lends to some naïvety. She will stop at nothing to redeem her late father’s honor and perhaps even his soul.
  • Irma
    Late 50s,
    Latina, Guatemalan
    ,
    Female, Femme, NB
    cursed with disrupted memory, Irma refuses to be weak in illness and struggles to contend with ghosts of her past.
  • Paco
    Late 50s,
    Latino, Guatemalan
    ,
    Male, Masc, NB
    Irma’s husband; knows the bounds of love and exceeds them. He is a natural green thumb and intense optimist with an offbeat sense of humor.
  • Lupita
    20s,
    Latina
    ,
    Female
    Irma’s eldest niece; a bride-to-be, fair and adored by all.
  • Fernando
    20s,
    Latino
    ,
    Cisgender Male
    Lupita's fiancé, a man with many secrets and impeccable charm
  • Carlos
    17,
    Latino
    ,
    Cisgender Male
    Irma’s enamored schoolmate, he is dangerously stubborn and handsome, though easily influenced by his anti-socialist father.
  • Martíne/a
    Early teens,
    BIPOC (Indigenous preferred)
    ,
    Queer, Femme, Agender/Non-binary
    Beleheb-tzi's companion; from a pueblo with no name. They wish for nothing but a place to call home.
  • Beleheb-Tzi
    536,
    Latinx, BIPOC (Indigenous preferred)
    ,
    Any
    a spirit of the forest, old like the trees. Beleheb-tzi knows every rule of the land both in the living realm and beyond.
  • La Santa Muerte
    Indigenous, Maya
    ,
    gender queer, Trans, Non-binary, Female/femme-identifying
    La Santa Muerte holds an ancient grudge after their treasure went missing at the hands of a Spanish priest.
  • Les Viejes Bolos (3)
    Any,
    Latinx, BIPOC (Indigenous preferred)
    ,
    Any
    A chorus of drunks. They are responsible for much of the play’s hijinks, songs and magic.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    UC Berkeley
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    UC Berkeley
    ,
    2017

Awards

Michael Mansfield and Randy Sweringen Social Justice Award for Artistic Excellence in Creating a More Equitable and Inclusive World
,
UC Berkeley Department of Theater Dance and Performance Studies
,
2017