The Sun Serpent is the result of a two-year devising process that began in January 2009, followed by three weeklong devising sessions with the Associate Artists of Childsplay and a nationally renowned artistic team assembled from New York, Seattle, California, and Chicago. From a one-page synopsis and concept created by José Cruz Gonzalez, I led the Sun Serpent artistic team through a physical theatre devising process that resulted in eleven drafts of the script.
poetic story of the conquest of Mexico seen through the eyes of a young boy, Anáhuac, who
struggles to save his
the conquistador, Hernán
Cortés, was of
great interest to
history left a trail of darkness and destruction, this story is ultimately about hope and
the struggle to
the courage to persist against all odds.
history of the conquest is the intimate story of a boy and
his brother who are forced to take sides—one brother joining
conquest against the Aztecs and the other fighting to
memory of his ancestors and culture that was being brutally
actors play over 30 roles offered the challenge and opportunity to
explore difficult historical subject matter through the use
of masks, physicality, and multi-media. The unique challenge of staging
such an epic tale is to create a magical theatrical universe where
children are transported into another world that is unfamiliar
of struggle and transition, while historically and culturally specific, is also
a universal one that resonates across historical and geographical
boundaries—our aim was
make it accessible to a young audience. This adventure
story is not only entertaining but portrays the strength of the human spirit.
The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Serpent: Interview with director Rachel Bowditch,’ José Cárdenas, Sounds
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