Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Alex may seem like a quiet, shy boy, but he secretly wrestles with big ideas inside his head. His life changes when he meets brave and colorful Frida, an unusual girl who gets him to reveal his secret dreams. Forced into an unlikely partnership, the pair discover how dreams can become a reality with the right friend by your side. Frida Libre is an uplifting story featuring delightful original songs which explore the meaning of transformation, understanding and acceptance.
The story is geared to children, but this adult found herself moved by the uplifting story.” – Charlene Baldridge, San Diego News
Frida Libre was commissioned and premiered at La Jolla Playhouse, CA as their 2011 Pop Tour, under the direction of Rosemary Newcott. After touring for 9 weeks around San Diego schools, being seen by over 17,000 children, it returned to the La Jolla playhouse for a weekend of sold out performances.
Frida Libre is published by the Dramatic Publishing Company
1. PAINT ME A PICTURE – Alex, 2 Actors
2. ARRIBA FRIDA – Frida
3. PARTNERS – Alex, Frida
4. LOS HUESOS – All
5. FRIDA LIBRE – All
6. METAMORPHOSIS – Alex, Frida
7. THE ACCIDENT – Alex, 2 Actors
8. ARRIBA ALEX – Alex
9. PAINT ME A PICTURE FINALE – All
Cast: 2 women, 2 men
ALEX – a shy quiet boy with lots of imagination.
FRIDA – a colorful girl with lots of imagination.
2 ACTORS – who morph and transform to help the story along.
They also become MAESTRO, and SUPER LUCHADOR and FRIDA LIBRE
Music: Lyrical Latin score. Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal (ideal for touring)
Suggested Audience: Upper Elementary School/Families
KAREN ZACARIAS (Book & Lyrics) world premiere adult plays include Mariela in the Desert (Repertorio Espanol), How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theatre), and Legacy Of Light and The Book Club Play (Arena Stage) directed by Molly Smith.
Karen is the winner of the 2006 Francesca Primus Award for her play, Mariela in the Desert (World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago). Mariela is also the winner the 2005 TCG/AT&T First Stages Award, the 2004 National Latino Playwrights’ Competition, finalist for the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Her play The Book Club Play was part of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference in 2007. Her play, The Sins of Sor Juana won Outstanding New Play at the 2000 Helen Hayes Awards and has been produced throughout the country. Karen is a core member of the Playwrights’ Center.
Her musical plays for young people with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma have enjoyed productions at The Goodman Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Coterie, Chicago PlayWorks, Nashville Children’s Theater, The Alliance Theatre, Imagination Stage, Arden Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Honolulu Theater for Youth, St. Louis Rep and more.
Karen Zacarías is the founding artistic director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning non-profit dedicated to enhancing literacy, arts empowerment and conflict resolution through playwriting in Washington, DC area schools. She lives in DC with her husband Rett, and children Nico, Kati, and Maia.
DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (Music) – see her bio page