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"Salt"

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Elpan, Ana Camila (Mexican playwright, 1973- ), "Salt,"

a 20-minute fantasy in English set in California, New Spain, XVIth century,

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© 1996 by Ana Camila Elpan, script/rights available from playwright, Monte Tauro 360, Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, D. F. 11000, Mexico. Cited by playwright to Webmaster via e-mail ana.perusquia@utoronto.ca April 9, 1996; Elpan says,

Synopsis "Sir Francis Drake, famous pirate, friend of Queen Elizabeth I, finds his ship has landed in a strange land. He wanders through the desert and finds a mysterious young woman (Isabella), who has lived with her maid (Leonor) in the middle of that desert all her life. Isabella falls immediately for Drake. Though he finds her interesting, Drake has more important things to do in the sea. He cannot stay and marry her. After one night of love, Drake goes back to his dear England. Isabella goes to the sea, who is in love with her, and drowns.

Comment "The play has seven very short scenes. Only one set is required: Isabella's bathroom. The last scene, though it happens in England, can be played in an empty space. The only special requirement is a bathtub. Everything is underlined by a fairy tale structure. First produced at the University of Toronto Drama Festival 1996, where it won the IATSE Award for best technical achievement."





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