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Inspired by Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Perdida tells a story of passion, jealousy and redemption.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 105 minutes

  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Area Staging

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, High School/Secondary
Perdida (the lost one) is an emotional tale full of spirits and magic set in pre-revolutionary Mexico when all-powerful Dons ruled like kings. Inspired by Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Perdida tells a story of passion, jealousy and redemption.

The Spirit of Time narrates a tale that takes place over a span of 18 years and also on a single night, el Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, when the groundless jealousy of a powerful Don destroys a happy family. Only through the vision and courage of an abandoned child, Perdida, is all that was lost finally found again.


"A fantastic update of an ancient story."


"The music was gorgeous and lush, almost operatic in scope but featuring traditional Spanish influences and syncopated rhythms."


Premiere Production: Perdida received its first workshop in 1999 at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California. From 2000-2001 it received staged readings and dramaturgical development at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va., and was showcased at the John F. Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival. In November 2014, it was produced at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
  • Casting: 4M, 3F, 3M or F

  • SPIRIT OF TIME - a balladeer, leader of the Conjunto.
    LEOPOLDO - a wealthy landowner, mid-30's but ages to become an old man.
    DOÑA GABRIENLA - Leopoldo's wife, a great beauty, a great soul, 20s.
    ARTURO - Leopoldo's best friend, also a wealthy land owner.
    RAFAEL - Arturo's handsome and spoiled son, a Romeo, about 20.
    GONZALO - a servant, mid-40s.
    CARLOTA - Gonzalo's wife, servant to Doña Gabriella, 40.
    PERDIDA - a beautiful and brilliant girl of 18.
    CONJUNTO - the onstage band and vocal ensemble: guitar, vihuela, guitarron, percussion/recorder, 2 violins, trumpet, harp.