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Lichtig, Robin Rice (American playwright, 19__-____), “Squeezing Papayas," a 5-minute comedy in English, set on a terrace on hill outside of Mexico City, early summer morning, 2002


  ©  2002 by Robin Rice Lichtig;  •  in Robin Rice Lichtig’s Squeezing Papayas (New York: Author, 2002),  •  script/rights available from Robin Rice Lichtig,  780 West End Ave., #6F, New York, New York 10025, U.S.A., e-mail dramamama@nyc.rr.com, www.dramamama.net, telephone (home) 212-864-0201, fax 212-864-0201.  •  Cited by Robin Rice Lichtig via ftp March 22, 2002; Lichtig says,

  §  Dramatis Personae José López Portillo (m), 80, former President of Mexico; Sasha Montenegro (f), 55, trying to pass for 35, Mexican ex-porn star.

   §  Synopsis “Sasha has prepared a lavish breakfast for her husband for their tenth wedding anniversary. She anticipates he will give her the deed to the mansion as promised. He gives her jewelry instead—and plans to treat her to a morning of love-making. ‘Food is not love,’ Lopez says. ‘Sex is not love,’ Sasha replies. She presses for the deed, naming the crimes and slights committed by other family members. When he finally gives it to her, she cannot accept it, realizing that she has been killing him with fatty foods and the over-stimulating sight of her. He insists, realizing for the first time that what makes him an extraordinary man is having her by his side.

  §  Comment “The characters are based on real people and events.”  •  “Su verdadero nombre es Alejandra Asimovic Popovic y nacio en Yugoslavia, a muy temprana edad sus padres se emigraron a Mexico y asi obtuvo su nacionalidad MEXICANA, debuto en el cine en 1971 en la pelicula Un sueño de amor; y de ahi paso a actuar en mas de 60 peliculas. Fue una de las grandes encueratrices en la epoca de las ficheras. Contrajo matrimonio con el ex presidente de la republica Jose Lopez Portillo (alias Jolopo) y tuvo dos hijos con el, recientemente se separo de el y esta peleando la custodia de sus hijos. En sus buenos tiempos era una verdadera belleza.” [Her real name is Alejandra Asimovic Popovic and she was born in Yugoslavia. At a very early age, her parents emigrated to Mexico and this she obtained Mexican citizenship. She debuted in cinema in 1971 in the film A Dream of Love; and from that continued to act in over sixty movies. She was one of the grand nude stars in the era of card photos [?]. She married the former President of the Republic José López Portillo (known as “Jolopo”) and had two sons [children?] by him. Recently she separated from him and fought for the custody of their sons. In her heyday she was a true beauty.]—Sasha Montenegro Desnuda en Famosas Mexicanas Desnudas, http://www.famosasmexicanasdesnudas.com/fotos/sasha-montenegro/sasha-montenegro.htm, accessed May 2, 2002.

  §  Themes Spanish culture, López Portillo (José López Portillo, former President of Mexico during 1976-82, born 1924), Mexico, Montenegro (Sasha Montenegro), senior, five-minute format, love.

See also Robin Rice Lichtig’s

  • David's Disappearance,” a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set on a screen porch, Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.A., October, 2001, 2m
  • Embracing the Undertoad," a 35-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a small apartment in North Carolina, evening, 2002, 3f
  • "Evening Primrose in Ohio," a 30-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a laudromat, late afternoon, 1991, 1m1f
  • The Fortification of Miss Grace Wren," a 42-minute drama in English, set in a small park in New York City, late September, 2001, 1m1f
  • Grannie Bird," a 35-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Williamstown, Massachusetts, May, 1986, 1m2f
  • “Lola and the Planet of Glorious Diversity,” a 10-minute comedy, 2m4f+1m or 1f, available elsewhere
  • “Longing for Tangier," a 45-minute comedy in English, set ___, 2m2f+3m or 3f, minimum cast of 5 with doubling, available elsewhere
  • Patience and Mr. Potter," a 12-minute comedy in English, set in an overgrown lot, New York City, February, summer, 1910, 2m
  • Queen for a Day," a 45-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a kitchen, February, 1953, 2m1f
  • Roses to Plan," a 12-minute comedy in English, set in a kitchen in Brooklyn, NY, morning, 2000, 1m1f
  • “Saint Anthony and the Appendix," a 35-minute comedy in English, 3m2f, available elsewhere
  • Sitting Duck Season," a 17-minute drama in English, set in a cabin in a Vermont forest, autumn, 2001, 1m1f
  • “White Light,” a surreal drama in English, 2m3f+2m or 2f, available elsewhere
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