Profile: Patricia Crespin

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Patricia Crespin

E-Mail:  p_crespin@hotmail.com

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Plays

 

We Are Hispanic American Women…Okay?  2006

Four generations of Hispanic Women love, cry, laugh, eat and breakdown in the kitchen of the Matriarch, Ramona’s Albuquerque home after hearing the news that the Patriarch of the family is dying from liver cancer.  The strength of the women shines through as we watch each one go through her own unique way of dealing with the tragic news.

 

Confessions of a Hispanic American Woman  2006

Sabrina, a religiously confused, but socially confident Latina in her mid 20’s struggles to find her true self while trying to make her devout Catholic mother happy and satisfy her hypercritical conscience who dresses like the Virgin Mary and follows Sabrina around, tormenting her and attacking her sanity.

 

The Medea Complex  2007

Medéa, an intoxicating young Mexican Immigrant woman, is on death row for the murder of her twin daughters and Texas’ most beloved Senator and his daughter.  On the night before her execution, Medea calls on Gilberto, an aging but ambitious Latino journalist to share her story with the world.  But Gilberto gets more than he bargains for when he is drawn into the ominous inner world of Medéa’s mind where tales so unbelievable are brought to light.

 

The Hero Within (A play for Young Adults), 2007

After his parent’s divorce, young Pedro and his mother move from their quiet town in New Mexico to a small, but racially charged town in Texas.  When Pedro arrives at his new school he discovers that the color of his skin plays a big role in how he is treated by the other students.  Just when he thinks he will never find a friend, he meets Esteban, a young Mexican-American kid who has lived in the small town his whole life and is used to the racial prejudices.  The two boys become fast friends and discover that no matter how difficult their lives get, friendship can get them through anything.

 

The Three Señorita Pigletitas y el Diablo the Wolf, 2007

The classic Three Little Pigs story meets Northern New Mexico folklore in this spicy, fun loving adaptation.  It’s Good Friday in Dixon, New Mexico and the Three Senorita Pigletitas defy their mother’s ruling and sneak out to the big dance at the community center.  Little do they know that some legends just might be true, and the handsome pachuco Carlitos is really El Diablo, the Big Bad Wolf waiting for the right moment to attack the girls and fill his belly. 

American Dream?  2008

The American Dream is alive and well and hiding in a safe in the Albuquerque Museum.  When Maria, an aspiring young Latina, takes over as head of the museum, she also takes the responsibility of being the caretaker of the American Dream.  Little does she know that  two wealthy and somewhat crazy men are attempting to locate the American Dream and steal it, hoping to compromise the intention of the American Dream and change it forever.

 

 

Living Purgatory, 2009

Four iconic women find themselves trapped in purgatory together while they await a young child who died before her time.  When the child arrives, with her selfish, drug addicted mother, the women do everything they can to right their wrongs and return the child back to her life before her soul dies completely.  But when the child’s mother interferes with their plans, the women must face the possibility that they might be stuck in purgatory forever, reliving the horrifying realities that put them there in the first place.

 

El Corrido de Jorge (George’s Song), 2009

Jorge, a bitter, young Hispanic man has just turned 18 and it is time to leave his small ranch in Northern New Mexico and carry out his conviction to find and kill his father, Frank, who abandoned Jorge and his family and left Jorge’s mother to die from malnutrition. When Jorge finds himself in Nogales, Mexico, he meets a surly but comical bartender and a young and feisty Mexican woman who both become crucial to finding Frank.  As we watch Jorge get closer to his target, we go back in time to discover the events that led to his resentful hatred of his father, and uncover the musical talents Jorge has ignored in order to fulfill his destiny.

 

The Sad Room, 2011

Magda, a 30-something Hispanic woman aspiring to be more than just a statistic, finds herself homebound and anxiety ridden after the overdose death of her teenage daughter Santana.  Her best friend, Maya, a vibrant but mentally tormented Hispanic woman in her late 30’s does everything she can to help her friend come out of her coma, but she is stuck in her own bittersweet reality, where she is constantly abused and betrayed by the men in her life, while trying to make an acting career start before it finishes.  It takes Santana’s return from the dead to open the eyes of the two friends and help them move forward despite the odds.

 

Love’s Lonely Highway, 2013

Do you believe in love at first sight?  Well, Benito Gutierrez did, ever since he met the alluring but enigmatic Suzie on a lonely New Mexico highway while on his way to basic training.  She was everything Benito was looking for in a woman.  Polite, yet strong.  Respectable, yet passionate.  He swears to return to marry her after his training, but when he returns three months later, he finds Suzie’s mother and discovers that Suzie died years before he ever saw her.  After seven long years in Vietnam, Benito finds himself back at the lonely highway where he meets Malakai, another victim of the Vietnam war, and a raging alcoholic but an intelligent man with a knack for poetry and philosophy.  Benito also manages to befriend Suzie’s alcoholic mother, Viola, who has never recovered from losing her daughter.  The three of them embark on a journey together, each one helping the other heal from their own private wounds and accept the harshness of life’s cruel game of poker, while discovering that love, equally agonizing, appears in the most peculiar places.

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