PROLOGUE

Stage in complete darkness. At the stage right hand corner we see a light that looks like the light that would be cast by a round stained glass window of an old church in the noonday sun. In the shadow there is a wooden chair in which FR. EPHRAIMsits wearing a white cassock. We should not see him clearly, but we should realize that he is an old man and he seems to be asleep. PAYEenters and puts down a suitcase and shoulderstrap tape recorder. He looks at the darkness, steps into the light. He sees the old priest, but is afraid to wake him, so he waits.

EPHRAIM: (Clearing his throat as he speaks.) What is it?

PAYE: Startled. What?

EPHRAIM: What can I do for you?

PAYE: I'm looking for the priest.

EPHRAIM: You have found him.

PAYE: Father Ephraim?

EPHRAIM: Yes?

PAYE: It's Carlos. Carlos Rabel. The one they called Paye. Carmela Santos and I were the ones who printed those fliers against the banning of sermons . . .?

EPHRAIM: My sister Carmela wanted to marry a colored man, but mother would not allow it. Later when Mama was blind she married him. Darkness is a great equalizer. Pause.

PAYE: I used to be an altar boy.

EPHRAIM: Remembering suddenly. Once you were trying to light the top candles last and you set your sleeves on fire . . .!

PAYE: Delighted by the recognition. Yes, that was me!

EPHRAIM: I'm sorry. I fell asleep on my meditation.

PAYE: I thought the church was empty.

EPHRAIM: I was dreaming of dust. Everyone was dust and the wind was blowing us away. I was supposed to be meditating on the five glorious mysteries. Sighs. I fell asleep

PAYE: Maybe I could come back another . . .

EPHRAIM: You're back?

PAYE: For a visit.

EPHRAIM: Ah!

PAYE: I live in Toronto. Canada.

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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
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