“Simply Maria or The American Dream” by Josefina López

Analyze “Simply Maria or The American Dream” by Josefina López.

Consider which of the following themes you are most interested in exploring in the context of your chosen drama:

  • Love (filial, maternal/paternal, romantic, or platonic),
  • Alienation/Otherness,
  • The American Dream/Nightmare,
  • The Quest for Identity/Coming of Age,
  • Conformity/Rebellion.

Discuss the ways in which what we see on stage or screen (stage directions, visual choices) and/or what we hear (monologues and dialogue) connect to that particular theme. Use specific details from the text to support your point. What does the playwright hope their audience will believe, learn, or consider about this theme after viewing the drama?