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By Virginia Grise

Reminiscence, historical past, and tradition collide with the starlit rooftop goals of a myth-inspired personality as Soledad and her accomplice, Hailstorm, redefine relatives on their lonesome phrases after the demise in their eldest son in Iraq. blu, steeped in poetic realism and modern politics, demanding situations us to aim to visualize a time ahead of war.

Selected because the winner of the 2010 Yale Drama festival from greater than 950 submissions, Virginia Grise’s play blu occurs within the current yet seems again at the now not too far-off prior via a chain of prayers, rituals, and goals. Contest pass judgement on David Hare commented, "Virginia Grise is a blazingly proficient author, and her play blu remains with you decades after you’ve learn it." Noting that 2010 used to be a banner yr for ladies playwrights, he additional, "Women’s writing for the theatre is more suitable and extra eloquent than it has ever been."

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Occasionally I questioned if these goals mattered to someone else yet me. the truth that you may decide up this Chicanita’s tale, encouraged partly via the youth I taught at the Southside of San Antonio, and “get it” with no translation, that it mattered to you, signifies that we percentage a similar sky, an analogous stars, a similar moon no matter if we are living oceans aside. From the depths of my blu moon center . . . Muchísmas Gracias. blu This web page deliberately left clean Cast of Characters soledad hailstorm eme blu gemini lunatico health care provider cop homie ese recruitment officer squaddies mom (various a while from 15 to 37 years old). criminal. bored with the difficult existence. soledad’s companion (in her 30s). two-spirited. ruff round the edges. father (various a while from 19 to forty-one years old). oldschool. black ink tat on knuckles. older brother (18 years old). chaos and confidence. the good colour. sister (14 years old). will be visitor. dreamer. lil’ brother (13 years old). lost/floating. spinning. performed through blu performed through eme performed through lunatico performed via eme performed by way of eme performed by way of eme, blu, lunatico 4 staff of boys Virginia Grise performed by way of eme, lunatico, soledad, hailstorm Time: ultra-modern, in retrospect at the now not too far-off prior, via a sequence of thoughts, goals, rituals, and prayers. position: The barrio. the USA of the United States. Author’s word: kind: this article, notwithstanding rooted in actual studies, was once no longer conceived or written in a naturalistic mode. The directing variety, hence, should still serve the song, flow, and mysticism intrinsic to the script. There are moments while characters communicate an analogous strains and feature an identical reminiscence. At different occasions, characters interrupt and take over each one other’s monologues simply because they reside a shared event. those voices shouldn't be in unison yet may still overlap, until another way famous. tune: tune (Chicano blues, colombianas, and concrete hiphop) is a driver during this play. The textual content includes breaks and silences, loops and hooks. All sound may be run through a stay DJ from his/her turntables onstage. Set: The degree may be a bi-level area, representing the roof and the interior of the family’s house—while separate components may still exist for characters who engage at the streets of the local. gemini is sitting at the roof by myself, stares out into the gap. The earth and sky meet. The sound of helicopters passing overhead. The blades minimize via time. mild like moonlight shines on soledad. hailstorm and eme seem in separate lighting fixtures, at varied occasions in the course of soledad’s existence. She speaks to either. They communicate to her. EME & HAILSTORM  what’s your identify? SOLEDAD  soledad. EME  like the criminal? SOLEDAD  like my grandmother. (beat). what’s your identify? EME  my identify is eme. HAILSTORM  hailstorm. SOLEDAD  like the crowd? EME  like my father. SOLEDAD  like the rain? HAILSTORM  turned ice, falls demanding. SOLEDAD  gang identify, clique’s identify. HAILSTORM & EME  naw lady. only a identify. 6 Virginia Grise EME  where you from? SOLEDAD  here. EME & HAILSTORM  where you goin? SOLEDAD  nowheres. EME & HAILSTORM  you gotta be goin someplace.

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