of the Spider Woman
Jan. 30-Feb. 9, 2014
Directed by Paul J. Hustoles
We need a cast of 14 men, 3 women.
This remarkable play is based on both a book and a movie that tell the story of unexpected kindness, even love, in
the most unlikely of places. Set in a Latin America raging with revolutionary fervor, it throws one person who
chooses a life unacceptable to the authorities and imprisons him with another whose life is inherently unacceptable
to the authorities. They are brothers bonded by common hatred/fear from the outside. This is combined with a
dose of “Magic Realism” where fantasies can come alive and the life of the mind is as vibrant as the life of reality.
The reality will be very harsh, very graphic. The fantasy will be very vibrant, very theatrical.
MOLINA is a gay man (we will play him in his late 20s) who is harshly imprisoned for being who he is, a fanciful, very
good window dresser, with a passion for young men and the movies. But not just any movies, he likes the
old-fashioned kind. And he has a particular fascination with the super-star, Aurora. A mama’s boy, he devotedly loves
his mother. He is sensitive, deeply in touch with his feminine side, and very opinionated. He is also very vulnerable
and can be easily hurt, emotionally.
VALENTINE is a “macho” man (mid 20s), deeply committed to the revolution. Although we do not really know much
about his politics, we know he wants to overthrow the establishment. He is deeply in love with Marta and probably
has never knowingly met a gay man before one is foisted upon him. He keeps to himself because he doesn’t trust
anyone. He can and does withstand intense physical pain. He does not think he is vulnerable. He is wrong.
SPIDER WOMAN/AURORA is a fantasy. She is the epitome of the theatrical magic that dictates the style of this show.
She is the exotic/erotic bringer of death/peace. And she is literally the beyond-glamorous star of the silver screen—
the type of star that no longer exists…and perhaps never did. She is a goddess and a demon. She is the bringer of
fantasy life and real death.
MOLINA'S MOTHER is everyone’s perfect mother. She gives love unconditionally and even though she will never quite
understand her son’s lifestyle, she will love him and support him and be proud of whatever he accomplishes.
MARTA is Valentine’s emotional and political partner. In the play she is seen mostly thought Valentine’s desperate
memory, searching for something to hold onto to keep him sane, to give him something to fight for.
THE WARDEN is the representation of hell on earth. He is without mercy or compassion. His job is to terrorize the
terrorists and he is good at it. Except he doesn’t quite know what to expect from gays…he thinks he knows…and he is wrong.
There are two prison guards, ESTABAN and MARCUS. They are the henchmen of the Warden and they love their job carrying
out his sadistic orders.
There are nine PRISONERS who double as Aurora’s Men, and several will be triple cast in featured roles
(Fuentes, Gabriel, etc). There are two totally different sets of requirements that all of them must fill. First, as
prisoners, they are brutish, savage, terrified, terrifying victims of an insane incarceration system run by a sadist.
They physically are tortured and mentally in shambles. On the flip side, they become the fantasy dancing chorus boys
of a fevered (and lustful) Molina imagination, who live to worship their collective diva, Aurora. They must be the epitome
of style and grace and Latin charm…and the opposite of that as the prisoners.
Any questions? Ask Hustoles.