Beauty of the Father


After her mother's death an American girl travels to a coastal village in southern Spain to reconnect with her artist father, Emiliano, who abandoned the family ten years earlier. She meets her father's female companion and falls in love with his Moroccan houseboy, only to discover that the young man is not only married to the female companion but is her father's preferred bed partner as well. During the emotional firework that follow, the ghost of dead Spanish poet Federico García Lorca hovers, advising Emiliano on the virtues of being a good father and the pitfalls of sexual passion. This supernatural Element, underscored by Spanish classical guitar music and flamenco dance, gives the play a magical, poetic quality reminiscent of Garcia Lorca's writing. 

Nilo Cruz, Cuban American author of the play, is a Pulitzer Prize winner and one of America's most promising new playwrights.

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