My play has a possible title and a fleshed out* outline! As it stands right now, it’s going to be called Aqui, Luchando. So far there are twelve or thirteen characters who I’m thinking are going to be played by four or five actors, maybe six. It’s been a challenge putting the monologues in a sequence that makes conceptual sense and whose juxtaposition tells an interesting story, but I think I’ve been doing well on that front. Luchando feels like it’s shaping up to have an engaging story arc, which is a nice place to be, as I am around halfway into my time in Havana. What I think will be even more of a challenge is keeping the thing interesting visually. You know, working on transitions and motion and such, not to mention the accompanying projections that I’m going to be editing over the summer. I still have hours and hours of transcribing to get through before I present a draft of my script on April 21st. I’m also hoping to get a few more good interviews in to include in Luchando before the end of the month. So far, I’ve interviewed performance artists, informal tour guides, illegal cigar sellers, a jinetero, an ex-jinetero turned mentor, and an important ex-ministry of tourism employee. I’m hoping to talk to at least a few more informal vendors, jineteras, and for sure a few more women before I leave.
*Isn’t that such a grotesquely evocative way of saying that something has substance? Where did that expression come from?