The Andalusian Dream
Other Plays by Magdalena Gomez
Gomez, Magdalena (American Chicana playwright, 19__-____), “The Andalusian Dream,”
a 10-minute drama in English, set in _____, ____, the mid-1960s,
© 2001 by Magdalena Gomez;
• in Magdalena Gomez’s The Andalusian Dream (Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: The Author, 2001);
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.
Papi (m), __, _____; _____ (m), __, Andalusian lover; Luisa (f), __, adolescent; Mami (f), __, _____.
“Against a cultural kaleidoscope, a young woman’s adolescence is complicated by her own inner turmoil and the Vietnam War.”—8th Annual West Coast Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest Winners and their Plays, http://www.employees.org/~jillkat/01winplays.html, accessed April 9, 2003.
• “The first-place play is Magdalena Gomez's ‘The Andalusian Dream’, which presents a family at war with itself in terms of identity. A young Latina named Luisa (Jessica Martinez) comes of age in the mid-1960s and dreams of an Andalusian lover, a man kind of like her Papi (Eric Pina). Mami (Shannon Flinn-Lambert) makes reference to a proud Andalusian (i.e., European) heritage that has been spurned or denied by Papi, who is simultaneously of Latino and Gypsy (i.e., mostly non-European) ancestry. Young Luisa dreams of the romantic Andalusian who will sweep her away; meanwhile, Papi is taking Mami from behind in the kitchen. And then Vietnam begins. The play is dreamlike, but hard to follow. Are these people Puerto Ricans? Cubans? Gypsies? Mexicans? (Does it matter?) Do Mami and Luisa have actual or imagined Andalusian heritage? Is the man who goes off to war Papi, or the imaginary Andalusian lover? (Pina plays both parts.) What is the rosary scene for? What does the doll mean? And yes, "Why does there always have to be war, Papi?" How about offering ten bucks to the first audience member that can figure it all out?” [Mark Jonas] —“six at eight” 2001 at fullerton ca's vanguard theatre ensemble, http://www.theater2k.com/6at82001.html, accessed March 2, 2004.
• First place winner, 8th Annual West Coast Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival, 2000-2001, presented by Vanguard Theatre Ensemble & West Coast Ten-Minute Play Project, “Six At Eight” 2001, directed by Jill Forbath, featuring Jessica Martinez, Shannon Flyinn-Lambert, Eric Pina, and Craig Johnson —7th Annual West Coast Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival, Six At Eight, http://www.employees.org/~jillkat/peanut.htm, accessed April 9, 2003.
• Magdalena Gomez is a poet, playwright, performer and teaching artist in the Arts and Literacy Preojct of Brown University
• “Magdalena Gómez, Playwright in Residence with Enchanted Circle Theater, has worked as an artist in the schools training students and educators since 1976 both locally and nationally. Magdalena is currently on the faculty of SPECTRA Rhode Island, based in the Educational Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts which provides arts/academic integration programs for over 500 schools internationally. A member of the Nuyorican Poets since the 1970’s, Magdalena continues to be a performance poet, and has been widely published, including the Massachusetts Review, Paper Dance: 55 Latino Poets, and the New York Times Book Review, Peregrine, among others. Her recent one woman show, Chopping, premiered at the Boston Women On Top Festival, 2001, and has was a semi-finalist in the Cleveland Public Theater’s New Plays Festival Competition, 2001 and has been accepted as for production in New World Theater’s New Works for a New World, June 2001. Magdalena is this year’s First Prize winner in the West Coast 10-Minute play contest with The Andalusian Dream, a play about maternal incest. Her poem, Angel Zamora, on the ill treatment of non-English speaking children in U.S. schools is this year’s Second Prize winner in the Springfield Libraries Poetry Contest, which attracted over 500 entrants. Magdalena was the recipient of the Latino Scholarship Fund’s Community Hero Award, 2000 and is the former Director of Teatro El Puente in NYC, where her company’s focus was AIDS education through live performance and video. One of their videos, I Don’t Want to Talk About It, taped in collaboration with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, was exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Magdalena’s most recent ECT commissioned work, Landscapes, a futuristic adaptation of Don Quixote, will premiere as a main stage production this Fall at Smith College. She received an NEA grant of $7,000 to work on this project. Magdalena is a storyteller for the Southern Connecticut Libraries, with a focus on Puerto Rican folk tales. In all of her plays for adults and young audiences, Magdalena maintains a commitment to create lead roles for girls and women of color. She is also currently on the faculty of the Women of Color Leadership Network at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “—8th Annual West Coast Ten-Minute Play Contest, http://www.calactors.com/6at8/01winners.html, accessed November 25, 2003.
adolescence, cross-cultural clash, family, identity, incest, mother-daughter relationship, Vietnam War.