I’m so happy to announce that Pioneer Drama Service will publish my new play, “Roja Riding in the Hood and Other Tales.” The play is a retelling of classic fairy tales with Latino flavor and characters.
In “Roja Riding in the Hood” preteen Roja decides to brave dangerous Forest Street in order to reach her sick abuelita and encounters a wolf in a thumping lowrider along the way. “Emperador’s New Clothes” takes place in a high school where the arrogant and stylish Emperador rules, that is, until a resourceful student teaches him it’s what’s on the inside that counts. In “The Three Chicharrones,” pig brothers make their way in the world, all while fending off a wolf who loves real estate. And in “The Sleeping Beauty,” a young and lonely bruja deals with a whiny and cruel beauty. So who can blame the witch for putting her sleep? But all that changes when a handsome young farmer comes to the rescue.
The play is based on my children’s book, “Red Ridin’ in the Hood and Other Cuentos,” which won an Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award; and was a Commended Title by the Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and named one of Best Collections to Share by the Wilde Awards.