Stevenson High School's
Patriot Theatre Company
by Gabriel Jason Dean
running time: 1 hr 15 min
including a post-show discussion
Sun, Oct 20 at 10:30 am
Tickets: $7, $3 for kids and students
It's Halloween in Southern California, the Santa Ana winds blow fiercely and nothing is as it seems. Doodle Pequeño and his Mamá recently moved across the city to a cramped apartment in a quadruplex after Papá was deported to Mexico. Anxious to trick-or-treat, Doodle comes home from school to discover that Mamá is unexpectedly working overtime at her new job. Forlorn, he summons Valencia, his imaginary trilingual goat, to keep him occupied.
While Valencia is teaching Doodle to speak "Goat," a vampire appears at the window. It's Reno, a kid in the quadruplex who has come to welcome Doodle to the neighborhood. Reno is a self-described "vaudeville vampire," which means that, in addition to his fangs, he dons a tutu. Although Doodle doesn't quite know what to make of his eccentric new friend, Reno convinces Doodle to wear a skirt of his own and go trick-or-treating with him. They venture out into the courtyard where they encounter Toph, a cowboy bandit third-grader, and Marjoram, a sans-costume sixth-grader, who have a history of bullying Reno for his dress-wearing proclivities. They hurl hurtful words they don't quite understand, and, when the bullies turn to Doodle to ask him why he's also wearing a dress, Doodle betrays his new friend, saying "No. No. Reno made me. I didn't wanna wear it." After an epic head-butting battle with his imaginary goat and a visit from a troll named Baumgartner, Doodle understands that difference is to be celebrated.
The Transition of Doodle Pequeño is a magic-filled, multiple award-winning play for all ages about two boys who become friends in spite of their differences. It examines the consequences of misused language, provides insight into the lives of Mexican-immigrant children and interrogates the issues of gender-identity and homophobic bullying.
"In The Transition of Doodle Pequeño, Doodle is the new kid, struggling to make friends who only see him as an “alien.” Although the story is fantastical and humorous, especially when Valencia appears, it also reveals so much of what many children of Mexican-American families, like Doodle, experience: family separation, living in fear, and prejudice. Even those who do not experience direct discrimination and racism must endure its affects; maybe including the people sitting next to you at this very moment."
-Irving Montes de Oca, Dramaturg
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