Wilma patiently awaits in a service shop while her car is being tuned up. Steve, the service rep, sits at the counter and discusses the business and nonstop aspect of life that they are both experiencing. A news reporter, Wilma, announces, on the TV in the waiting area, that a bull just escaped a slaughterhouse in Queens, New York.
Play Title: El Toro Sagrado at the Car Repair Shop
Author: Mindi Dickstein
Publisher: Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts
Anthology: This play is part of a collection entitled, Where is the Hope? Edited by Chantal Bilodeau
Primary Discipline: Environmental
Source Texts: Inspired by a recent news story of a bull escaping a NYC slaughterhouse and then being shot to death.
Character Breakdown: 1 man, 2 women
Steve (Car service representative), Wilma (customer), and Adele (news reporter)
Setting: Service waiting area in a car repair shop (television in background).
Time Period: Unknown future (during spring season)
Synopsis of Play: Wilma patiently awaits in a service shop while her car is being tuned up. Steve, the service rep, sits at the counter and discusses the business and nonstop aspect of life that they are both experiencing. A news reporter, Wilma, announces, on the TV in the waiting area, that a bull just escaped a slaughterhouse in Queens, New York. Steve and Wilma now focus their attention on the TV and try to connect their chaotic lives with that of the bull. They want to experience what it’s like to escape from the burdens of the ‘real world’ and run freely. In the end, Wilma announces that the bull has finally been shot to death. This sudden death calls the characters to action, they want to tell the story of the bull and somehow change the world while doing so.
First Performance Date: Unknown
First Producer: Climate Change Theater Action 2017
Performance History: This short play has been performed at various venues across the world as a part of the Climate Change Theater Action 2017. Most performances were produced on college campuses such as, Randolp-Macon College form October 1- November 18, 2017, Eckerd College on October 24, 2017, and many more.
Biography of Author: “Mindi Dickstein (U.S.) is a lyricist, librettist, and playwright. She is perhaps best known as the lyricist for the Broadway musical Little Women, which continues to be performed worldwide, and is currently writing lyrics for Benny & Joon, a new musical based on the MGM film. Honours include a Larson Foundation Award, Massachusetts Artists and New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowships, and a PEN International New Playwright Award. She was an Oscar Hammerstein Fellow at the NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing program, where she received her MFA and now serves on the faculty” [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo