Paletas de Coco or, The Letter Unspoken or, The Christmas Eve Play

A playwright searching for his father and for someone to read aloud a letter he's written recruits a Performer who, along with the audience, are taken with the playwright on a journey through four Christmas Eves, coconut popsicles, depression, Santería chants, Times Square, male breastfeeding, reunions with long-lost siblings, Applebee's Nacho Plates, child birth, suicide attempts, fatherhood, and robbing Chinese buffets.
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Paletas de Coco or, The Letter Unspoken or, The Christmas Eve Play

Recommended by

  • Alexander Perez:
    23 Jun. 2021
    A deeply moving journey through Gonzalez's life experience that depicts healing from trauma in an honest, direct, and caring manner. A necessary reckoning for fathers everywhere.
  • Gina Femia:
    16 Jun. 2021
    A gorgeous, deeply moving and powerful play.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    13 Apr. 2021
    A moving and honest journey through life that pours authenticity and heart. Well done.

Character Information

  • Franky Duval Gonzalez
    20s - 30s,
    Latino
    ,
    Male
    Dark glasses. Blazer. Overweight. Latino.
  • Performer
    Any Age,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Any age, anything on the gender spectrum. Race neutral. Only rule: They can’t have seen, rehearsed, or read this script.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    HBMG Foundation National Winter Playwrights Retreat
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    LAByrinth Theater Company
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    The Public Theatre of San Antonio
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Dallas Theater Center Playwrights Workshop
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Goodman Theatre Live @ Five Series with Dael Orlandersmith
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Lark
    ,
    2019

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship
,
Princess Grace Foundation
,
2021
Semi-Finalist
,
Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
,
Seven Devils New Play Foundry
,
2020
Finalist
,
Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition
,
2020
Finalist
,
Generations
,
BETC
,
2020
Runner Up
,
Theatre Prize
,
The Alpine Fellowship
,
2019