ACT I

At rise: Dim lights let us see a young man in his early 30's sitting in a chair in a vacant apartment. There is a window at the rear with the shade down. The man's dark complexion as well as the shiny black hair and thick moustache indicate that he is a Latin. He is dressed in dark pants and a white shirt half open.

MARTÍNEZ: My name is Martínez, and I have an accent. (His accent is not as heavy as that of certain people from Central Europe, but it is heavy enough to be detected immediately. His eyes wander, scrutinizing the audience as if he were trying to find a reaction to his first sentence. There is, however, a certain aloofness in his manners, as if he couldn't care less anyway.) An accent is like an illness. At least it hurts like one. You see, I have been looking for an apartment since I was asked to leave from the one I live in, probably because of my accent (Pause.) and I have not found one as yet because of my accent. (Makes an ample gesture which embraces the empty living room.) See this? The owner wants two hundred and seventy dollars for this crappy room. He doesn't know that I know that these apartments rent for $200. He is overcharging me $70 a month, that is to say $840 a year for my accent. Which means that if I did not have an accent and I moved in here, in ten years I would have saved enough money to buy a brand new Ford or a used Cadillac. That is a hell of a price to pay for an accent. Of course, he will never admit that he is punishing me for that, but I know. You see, Johnny, the black guy that works with me, lives in this building and he said to me, "you may try to rent here but the owner doesn't like foreigners. He will overcharge you." "How much do you pay? I asked him, "$200," he answered. (Talking rapidly.) Then I come and the owner says "$270. Just for you." And I realize that Johnny was right and I can feel my blood rushing to my head and I wanna say "shove it up your ass" but instead, because I'm a gentleman, I use the only word in the English language that I can say without an accent: (Pause, looks at the audience.) Bullshit. But then he pretends not

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  • Title Page 1
  • Acknowledgements 2
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 7
  • Notes 17
  • Martínez by Leopoldo M. Hernández 19
  • About the Author 21
  • Act I 25
  • Act II 36
  • Your Better Half by Matías Montes Huidobro 53
  • About the Author 55
  • Act I 59
  • Act II 73
  • Act III 92
  • Birds Without Wings 111
  • About the Author 113
  • Act I 116
  • Act I 116
  • Scene II 117
  • Scene III 119
  • Scene IV 121
  • Scene V 127
  • Scene VI 130
  • Scene VII 131
  • Scene VIII 131
  • Act II 132
  • Scene I 132
  • Scene II 133
  • Scene III 138
  • Scene IV 141
  • Scene V 143
  • With All and for the Good of All (cuban Farce in Two Acts) 147
  • About the Author 149
  • Act I 153
  • A Little Something to Ease the Pain 193
  • About the Author 195
  • Prologue 199
  • Act I 202
  • Act II 226
  • Once Upon a Dream by Miguel González-Pando 239
  • About the Author 241
  • Act I 245
  • Act I 245
  • Second Scene: the Celebration 259
  • Act II 267
  • First Scene: the Betrayal 267
  • Second Scene: the End 274
  • Bibliography 279
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