Lucía Fuentes

Spiritual guru, Hernán Espinoza, walks Japan’s Shikoku pilgrimage path to honor the lives of 43 students disappeared in his home country of Mexico. An Abbess that guides Shikoku pilgrims has a vital interest in Hernán’s journey, yet senses she must test his true intentions. While taking a shortcut to save time, Hernán has a breakdown. Not knowing whether he is alive or dead, a man or a woman, a saint or a sinner, in Japan or not, he continues to the end, which, on the circular Shikoku path, is also the beginning.

Lucía Fuentes came to life in 2019 as a full-length play triggered and inspired by the women of the global #MeToo reckoning and the families of 43 students disappeared in Mexico. Lucía Fuentes is one of two plays selected by Town Hall Theatre (Lafayette, CA) for production in their 2023-2024 New Voices Festival. In 2022, San Francisco PlayGround selected Lucía Fuentes as one of three plays for their inaugural Free-Plays Festival at Potrero Stage, directed by Katja Rivera and produced by Miyoko Sakatani's Playland Productions. Previous dramatic readings were with the Playwrights Center, the Berkeley Play Cafe and Whimsy Farm. Lucía Fuentes is a semi-finalist for the 2021 Woodward International Playwriting Prize and for the 2024 Playwrights Foundation Bay Area Playwrights Festival. 

Hernán: A prickly pilgrim from Mexico (m/50). Red Henro: An enigmatic pilgrim from Japan (f/25). Gold Monk: The guardian of Temple 1 (m/100). Abbess: The spiritual leader of Temple 1 (f/75). María: An extreme athlete from Spain (f/25). Jesús: An extreme athlete from Spain (m/25). Silver Henro: A fast-paced silent pilgrim (m/50). Ensemble: Walking, meditating or chanting nuns and hyper-masculine flamenco dancers.
J. Lynn Jackson