Spiritual guru, Hernán Espinoza, walks Japan’s Shikoku pilgrimage path to honor the lives of 43 boys disappeared in his home country of Mexico. Coincidentally, the Abbess that guides all 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 by the global #MeToo reckoning and the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico.
Lucía Fuentes is one of two plays selected by Town Hall Theatre (Lafayette, CA) for production in their 2023-2024 New Voices Series. 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 Playwrights Foundation 2024 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.