The Great Race by Hebert Poll Gutiérrez
Three animals of the ibó findó (the forest) challenge each other to determine which one is the fastest through a race. The duck and the rooster (Awá and Akiko) underestimate the chick (Akeké) and boast about their parents, powerful orishas (Afro-Cuban Gods) who grant them great powers and strength. In the end, they are defeated by Akeke, who, with his victory, showed that we should not underestimate others for being different.
Although the work is based on traditional legends, the author pays special attention to adapting them to contemporary contexts. This project is not a history of the past, although it involves a vigorous exercise of memory. This project is full of present-day nods and humor, starring divine beings (orishas) who are nevertheless happily contaminated by worldly imperfections.
Keywords: Race, The One Festival, Storytelling
Run time: 40 minutes
Cast size: 7 actors
Male roles: 4
Female roles: 3
Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming roles: 2
Casting note: The play is designed for a doubled cast.