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Melanie Rey and Erin Nicole Hampe. Photo by Rob Levine.

Esperanza Rising

Pam Munoz Ryan, author
Lynne Alvarez, playwright
Victor Zupanc, composer


88 pgs. 7 female, 7 male +ensemble
Doubling is possible
To be produced in CTC’s 2005-2006 season
Audience Recommendation: 8+
Run Time: 1 hour 45 minutes with intermission


Esperanza’s father was a wealthy land owner in Mexico, but when he was killed by bandits, her scheming uncle took over their farm. Esperanza was sent across the border to California to find a place with family there. Not used to the hard life of migrant workers, Esperanza was desperately miserable. She eventually found her footing and discovered a skill at babysitting, which earned her some extra money. Though she was faced with setbacks, the young girl’s determination and blossoming spirit helped her thrive in her new home.

“Lynne Alvarez’s adaptation of Pam Munoz Ryan’s award-winning book is compelling and colorful.” –St. Paul Pioneer Press

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $100 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

Las Mananitas by Victor Zupanc


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