puts on. The coat trails the floor. From a plastic bag, she takes out a hat, also her fathers's and puts it on. She looks at herself in a mirror and sobs.)

CLAUDIA: Father! Father! Father! Help me, Father, help me! (CLAUDIA leans against the mirror and continues to cry. Shy calls her father's name in a litany with funereal overtones. Suddenly, soft knocks are heard at the door. CLAUDIA composes herself With long steps, she approaches the basin. She washes her face. The knocks at the door become stronger. CLAUDIA opens the door. To her surprise she sees CARLOS. As if he were the last survivor on the face of the earth, she embraces him as she pulls him inside the room. She pushes the door closed with her foot.)

CLAUDIA: Carlos, my parents were taken to jail. Carlos, Mother and Father are in jail. The police came. The FBI came. The Department of Drug Investigation came and looked everywhere. They took a large quantity of cocaine. That was going to be the last shipment that Mother and Father agreed to receive. After that, they were planning to retire in Florida.

CARLOS: When did this happen?

CLAUDIA: The day before yesterday. Carlos, I have been in a daze like a flower waiting for the morning dew. I thought I was going to wither. I had no one to confide in, the school was closed for vacation, so I had no way to get in touch with you. Carlos, I want you to help me to find the people who reported my parents. I'll do anything you want, but you have to promise me that if we find out which of our neighbors is the son of a bitch who tipped off the police, we will kill them. Do yo promise?

CARLOS: I do, Claudia. (She embraces him crying. Curtain.)


ACT II

Scene I

At a men's detention facility. MAURICIO talks to his daughter. He speaks loudly expecting to be heard by the guards.

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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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