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Our Lady of Mariposas auditions


Saturday, June 20 1:00 to 4:00 pm; Sunday, June 21 10:0 am to 12 noon

Any questions, or to reserve a particular time, please email Argos MacCallum (director) at argos@teatroparaguas.org

The auditions will be based on cold readings from the script

OUR LADY OF MARIPOSAS, by Alexandra Hudson

3M, 3W (twenties-early forties, except for Anza, a 7-year-old girl)

All action takes place in Southeastern New Mexico in February-May of 2002.
Manuel is a working dad, single after his wife, Estrella, left him c. four months before the action begins. At the opening of the play, we learn of the massive die-off of monarch butterflies that took place in February 2002. Anza, Manuel’s daughter, loves the monarchs and so Manuel must explain that they may not migrate through again. This is done with the help of Kate, their next-door neighbor and close friend. She uses her own family’s experience of Uranium mining in Grants to try to describe the difference between proactive hope and fruitless waiting. Esperanza – the character of Anza grown up and surveying the scene as a memory play – comments on her feelings and her perspective at the time. Meanwhile, Kate and Manuel grow closer through comfort and turmoil. The themes of family, home, and self become inextricably bound with Anza’s experience of the earth as she waits / hopes for the monarchs to return.

(Running time: about 50 minutes)

Monarch butterflies are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States so they migrate south and west each autumn to escape the cold weather. The monarch migration usually starts in about October of each year, but can start earlier if the weather turns cold sooner than that.

Monarchs Like to Hibernate in the Same Trees Every Year
Monarchs like to hibernate 
in the same trees every year

The monarch butterflies will spend their winter hibernation in Mexico and some parts of Southern California where it is warm all year long. If the monarch lives in the Eastern states, usually east of the Rocky Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in oyamel fir trees. If the monarch butterfly lives west of the Rocky Mountains, then it will hibernate in and around Pacific Grove, California in eucalyptus trees. Monarch butterflies use the very same trees each and every year when they migrate, which seems odd because they aren’t the same butterflies that were there last year. These are the new fourth generation of monarch butterflies, so how do they know which trees are the right ones to hibernate in? Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate that is 2,500 miles away each year.

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