Based on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Perdida is set in pre-Revolutionary Mexico, when powerful Dons ruled like kings. Shakespeare’s story of passion, jealousy and redemption is retold in the Latino style of magical realism, using classic musical forms of Mexico – Corridos, Sones, Canciones, Chilenas and Jarabes. A Conjunto of musicians and actors tell the story of Perdida in music, words and dance.
Perdida received a workshop in 1999 at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California under the direction of Alma Martinez. From 2001-2002 it received staged readings at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia and was showcased at the John F. Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage festival under the direction of Jose Carrasquillo. In 2014 it premiered at Catholic University of America in Washington DC, directed by Elena Velasco.
Audio demo features the voice talents of Esperanza America (Time), Diana Burbano (Carlotta), Alexis Carra (Gabriela), Scott Graff (Don Arturo), Derek Manson (Don Leopoldo), Elia Saldana (Perdida), Andrew Ross Wynn (Gonzalo), and Nicolas Womack (Rafael).
Cast: 4 women, 4 men, and the Conjunto of on-stage musicians and dancers
DONA GABRIELA – wife to Leopoldo (Alto)
CARLOTTA – the Dona’s servant (Alto)
PERDIDA – Leopoldo and Gabriela’s lost child (Mezzo with Belt)
THE SPIRIT OF TIME – the story’s narrative balladeer (Alto)
DON LEOPOLDO – (Baritone)
DON ARTURO – childhood friend of Leopoldo (Baritone)
GONZALO – Leopoldo’s servant (Tenor)
RAFAEL – Don Arturo’s son (Lyric Baritone)
Music: Classic Mexican Folk forms – Corridos, Sones, Canciones, Chilenas and Jarabes. The Conjunto of musician/singers are part of the narrative action: Guitars (traditional and vihuela), Guitarron, Trumpet, Violin, Percussion (marimba, ocarina, tambores, shakers) and optional Harp.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audience: Adults
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