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 ZACARÍAS (Book & Lyrics) was recently hailed by American Theatre magazine as one of the most produced playwrights in the United States. Her plays include Destiny of Desire, Native Gardens, Mariela in the Desert, Legacy of Light, The Book Club Play and The Sins of Sor Juana; adaptations include Into the Beautiful North, Just Like Us and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent. Zacarías has written 10 TYA musicals with composer Debbie Wicks La Puma including Oliverio: A Brazilian Twist, Ella Enchanted: The Musical, Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure, Einstein Is a Dummy, Looking for Roberto Clemente, Frida Libre, Jane of the Jungle, Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans, Ferdinand the Bull and The Magical Piñata. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for the Washington Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her plays have been produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Round House Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Theater Center and many more. Zacarías is a core founder of the Latino Theater Commons, a national network that strives to update the American narrative to including the stories of Latinos. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theatre company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C., and she is proud to be Arena Stage’s first resident playwright. Zacarías lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children. www.karenzacarias.com
DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (Music) – see her bio page