Un Tango en la Noche: A One-act Play
Here is a powerful folktale about an old man's struggle with pain and death. Don Viejo is hated by all in his poor Mexican village, except for Maria, who welcomes the nine pesos he spends when he limps painfully to her cafe each morning. This day he strides in bursting with the strength and vigor of a young man and he enacts an astounding story: at a crossroads at midnight he bargained with the Devil and was magically transported back in time to a nightclub in Mexico City where he experienced one moment of genuine love. He tells Maria he has outwitted the devil but there is one more twist in this lyrical play of love and memory. Winner of the American College Theatre Festival.
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Agreed ALAN AYCKBOURNE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN beer bell bucket cafe Children's stories coffee crossroads dance dead Devil Don Quixote DON VffiJO DON VIEJO pulls dreaming eyes Fifty pesos fresh drinks full moon funny old Gasp give gold gob gold goblet gone hate knew knife last night Laughing legs lights change liqueur looks LUIGI JANNUZZI Madrid MARIA DOMINGUEZ Maria Purisima Mexico City military posture morning mother's grave Name your price nightclub in Mexico nine pesos NOCHE pain Pause Peasant pesos a day Play remembered RIDER enters Samuel French seat Sefiora Dominguez SELINA serape shirt slowly Spurs his horse stay sweet Take me back tango TANGO EN LA tasted love tequila Thank Theatre thief thought three days ride tienda toast tomorrow tonight Tray true trust twenty pesos UN TANGO Viejo de Corazon village VTEJO walking stick wine wolves wrap yesterday young and alive