Camila has just been promoted to the head of the Latin American Art Department at a major NYC auction house when she is presented with one of her great Aunt Amelia's paintings as a last-minute inclusion for auction. The authenticity of the painting is questionable, Camila's dedication to her great Aunt is now forcing Camila to decide between her own burgeoning career and Amelia's legacy.
Situation: Situation: Camila is in her late 30’s. Quick, expressive and a ball of energy, she has been newly appointed as the head of the Latin American Department at a major NYC Art Auction House. She explains to her boss and mentor how a seemingly humble sketch drawn by her aunt, the famous Cuban artist Amelia Pelaez, led her to the elite art scene and her life’s purpose.
Subject Matter: Art and Commerce, Identity, Authenticity, Loss, Art, Cuban American, Latino Art Market, Auction House
Note from Playwright: I run my great aunt Amelia's Foundation and have to deal with the art market. In my first play RUM AND COKE, I posit that Camila goes to Cuba to live one of her aunt Amelia's paintings. This story was a natural follow up to the character Camila's journey.
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Learn about Artist Amelia Peláez here: Amelia Pelaez Foundation
See examples of Amelia Peláez’s artwork here: https://www.artsy.net/artist/amelia-pelaez
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