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Mango Street

One of the oldest and most beloved titles in the Literature to Life roster, Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street is a beautifully written, poetic, account of a young girl, Esperanza,  growing up in poor neighborhoods in Chicago, where her family is always moving from house to house.  Through a series of vignettes a picture of a neighborhood emerges, through the eyes of Esperanza, who will  later become a writer.  I adapted The House on Mango Street in 1993; it has been in repertory ever since, with a succession of three wonderful actresses playing Esperanza:  Josefina Bosch, Lidia Ramirez (with whom I also created her solo show:  I Love America), and currently Ana Maria Jomolco, who also plays Edgar Allan Poe in our Tell Tale Heart and other PoeTry.

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