The Cucuy Will Find You

The Cucuy, in Mexican-American folklore, eats bad children. But what does it mean to be a good child? For a seven-year-old in the back of a 1990 Ford Aerostar, it means shutting up every now and then. For a successful 30-something, like REY/REYNA, who has a fraught family history and lives far away from home, the answer is more complicated. When the Cucuy shows up and disrupts Rey's life and the very...
The Cucuy, in Mexican-American folklore, eats bad children. But what does it mean to be a good child? For a seven-year-old in the back of a 1990 Ford Aerostar, it means shutting up every now and then. For a successful 30-something, like REY/REYNA, who has a fraught family history and lives far away from home, the answer is more complicated. When the Cucuy shows up and disrupts Rey's life and the very fabric of reality, Rey must prove that they are a good child. But even if they succeed, the ordeal might still consume them.
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The Cucuy Will Find You

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  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
    22 Jun. 2020
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Jaymes Sanchez and their play The Cucuy Will Find You as a finalist for our 2020 National Playwrights Conference. This particular work emerged from a highly competitive, anonymous, and multi-tiered selection process to become one of 63 finalists out of more than 1,500 submissions. This enthralling piece galvanized the hearts and theatrical imaginations of our reading teams and is fully championed by our offices. We are honored to put our enthusiastic support behind this writer and their ongoing contributions to the American Theater.
  • Kitchen Dog Theater:
    22 May. 2020
    We are pleased to support this play! It was a Finalist for the 2020 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    18 Dec. 2019
    Jaymes Sanchez is an artist who takes folklore and returns it to its origins. He creates monsters onstage and forces his characters and audiences to see that monsters are the manifestations of the soul. It's our heritage, our guilt, our grief, our unique selves. In The Cucuy Will Find You we go on a journey of self-reckoning and understanding. In so many ways this play is a family drama, and in so many other ways it becomes your own story where your Cucuy lurks waiting to devour you whole. A beautiful, funny, painful, and revelatory play.

Character Information

  • Rey/Reyna
    31,
    Brown Latinx, Afro-Latinx
    ,
    Any
  • The Cucuy
    Ageless,
    Nonhuman
    ,
    Agender
    The Cucuy is a supernatural being that eats bad children. It is ageless and genderless. The character should be played by an actor 30+, Brown or Black Latinx woman or non-binary.
  • Carlos
    50s ,
    Brown Latinx, Afro-Latinx
    ,
    he/him
    Also plays various ensemble roles.
  • Dr. Amy Silver
    50s,
    African American
    ,
    She/her
    Also plays KEE, a patient under Rey/Reyna's care.
  • Leticia
    70+,
    Brown Latinx, Afro-Latinx
    ,
    She/her
    Also plays various ensemble roles.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Teatro Vivo Latinx New Play Festival
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Lark's Playwrights' Week
    ,
    2019

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship
,
2019