Volver a decir el mar [I Speak Again of the Sea]
Peregrina, Sergio (Mexican playwright, ____-____), “Volver a decir el mar [I Speak Again of the Sea],”
a __-minute drama en español [in Spanish], set in una pequeña capilla [a small chapel], a las nueve de la noche [9:00 p.m.], ____,
(como de 16 o 17 años [about 17 or 17 years old])
© 19__ by Sergio Peregrina;
• in Sergio Peregrina’s Volver a decir el mar [I Speak Again of the Sea] (Mexico, D. F., Mexico: Organización Editorial Novaro, S.A., ____);
• script/rights available from Organización Editorial Novaro, S.A., Calle 5, No. 12, Naucalpan de Juarez, Mexico, D. F., Mexico.
Muchacho/Youth, como de 16 o 17 años/about 16 or 17 years old.
Organ music, slow and low, fills a small chapel that has a Virgin, flowers, and an occupied confessional, near which sits the Muchacho. He speaks as if to Juanita, his beloved. He berates her for her grief and guilt. He cries, as he knows she is crying, but he tries to stop his and her tears. Times past were better, he remembers. Neither he nor she is to blame for the present. He considers how their friends react to their problem. Perhaps with his thirty pesos, they can survive. Above all, he seeks calm. A beach would give him that. He focuses on the Virgin for a time, then says they must leave on their journey.
• Premiered in March, 1974.
• The actor undertaking this role must play a range of emotions, as the essence of the piece is quick crosscurrents of emotions. He verges on heartbreak, seeing the contrast of his and Juanita’s unspecified dilemma with the honeymoon-like situation he recalls. The mood is quintessentially Mexican: “Volver a decir lo que no puedo cantar sin el corazón partir [I speak again of what I am unable to sing without the heart breaking].” The ambience must communicate that.
• Archived in Lewis W. Heniford Collection of Small-Cast One-Act Plays, Department of Special Collections, Green Library, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California, Call Number PN6120.O5 L49, http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/hasrg/ablit/amerlit/heniford.htm.
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