Like many San Diegans, Carmen and her family moved from Mexico for a better life. But unlike her classmates, Carmen speaks neither English or Spanish: she speaks Mixtec, a language of the indigenous people of Oaxaca. Frustrated and confused, Carmen must become the heroine of her own story, embracing her heritage while learning to make a home in a whole new world.
Chile Pod explores one young person’s journey to a place of belonging, and celebrates diversity, compassion and Oaxacan culture.
A Oaxacan girl learns to confront her fears about making a new home in a place far, far away from familiar.
© Copyright 2012 New Music Arts ® dba Musicals 4 Young Audiences. Originally produced by La Jolla Playhouse.
Setting: Southern California, San Diego County in a watermelon patch situated between a sprawling city suburb and the desert.
Carmen - A Mixtec Indian girl
Apuleyo - Carmen’s uncle, also Mixtec, a young man
Max - A hip boy, speaks English, same age as Carmen
Pod Voice 1/Chilolo - A Mixtec Chilena singer, plays the violin and harp
Marta - A hip girl, speaks Spanish, same age as Carmen
Pod Voice 2/Ixchel - Chilena singer, plays the guitar
Swap Meet Attendees
“My Grandmother's Music”