Memoria del silencio en el país de la eterna primavera

Set in the land of eternal spring, in a town where the ghosts sing with the living, roses grow larger than cattle and nearby villages have gone missing; young Mari's quest to find her father's ghost becomes a desperate fight to restore her aunt's fading memory. Together, la familia Noguera 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