RUM AND COKE - I Dance With My Hands - Nikita

Miami, Florida

PLAY DESCRIPTION

Pain is funny. Separation, death, humiliation, all of it fodder for the characters Camila encounters on her trip to Havana via Miami in this ferociously comic and moving tale about life seen through the Cuban lens.

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: Contemporary                                

Situation: Nikita, uninhibited and sexual, is only 15 but seems much older. Her movements are vulgar and complete. She has a thick Cuban accent. She is a scrappy, imaginative child prostitute working the Malecón, a seawall esplanade in Old Havana, Cuba. Before she had to become a prostitute at age 12, she studied ballet, her true passion, and had hoped to become a dance teacher like her grandmother.

Subject Matter: Child Prostitution, Sex, Strength, Vulnerability, Lost Innocence, Survival, Ballet, Gracefulness, Dreams, Grandmothers

Note from Playwright: When I was 15 years old I saw Whoopi Goldberg's ON BROADWAY on HBO and I wanted to write a solo piece.  When I went to Cuba for the first time, a director suggested I use my trip as the framework for some monologues I had written and RUM AND COKE was born.

Supplemental Information:

To inquire about reading the full script of RUM AND COKE, contact Carmen directly at carmen@carmenpelaez.com.

Carmen’s great aunt Amelia Pelaez, the renowned Cuban painter, was one of the main inspirations for the play RUM AND COKE. Learn more about Artist Amelia Peláez here: Amelia Pelaez Foundation 

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  • Full Monologue
  • Character Information
  • Important Contextual Information

 

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  • Source
    One-Act Play
  • Character Age
    Teen (16-18), Young Adult (18-21), Adult 20-30
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Female
  • Character Ethnicity
    Latin@/x - Hispanic, Caribbean
  • Character Special Traits
    Dancer
  • Genre
    Comedy
  • Period
    Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min +
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Female
  • Writer Ethnicity
    Latin@/x - Hispanic, Caribbean
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