The Way She Spoke

One-woman play starring Kate del Castillo (Netflix's "La Reina del Sur") that takes us from a New York stage to the treacherous streets of Juarez, Mexico, where thousands of women have been murdered as a result of a wave of violence that has yet to come to an end. The way she spoke is a raw and riveting exploration of responsibility, written by Isaac Gomez (Steppenwolf's La Ruta) and based on his intimate interviews. It follows one playwright's journey to give voice to a city of women who have been silenced by violence, fear, and a world that has turned a deaf ear to their stories, as well as one woman's journey to give voice to herself. The play is directed by Obie and Lucille Lortel award-winning director Jo Bonney, and it is produced by Audible Theater Company (Billy Crudup in Harry Clarke, Carey Mulligan in Girls & Boys).

Publisher's Summary

Imagine living with a fear so visceral each day that simply walking down the street draws terror to one’s core. That’s the best case scenario for a woman on the streets of Juárez, Mexico. Kate del Castillo (La Reina del Sur) delivers a stunning one-woman performance that transports listeners from a New York stage to the treacherous streets of Juárez, Mexico, where thousands of women have been murdered in an ongoing epidemic of violence. Written by Isaac Gomez (Steppenwolf’s La Ruta) and based on his intimate interviews, the way she spoke is a raw and riveting exploration of responsibility and follows one playwright's journey to give voice to a city of women silenced by violence, fear, and a world that has turned a deaf ear to their stories. This poignant and unforgettable play is directed by Obie and Lucille Lortel–winner Jo Bonney.

Written by Isaac Gomez
Performed by Kate del Castillo
Directed by Jo Bonney
Original Theatrical Sound Design by Elisheba Ittoop

Note: the way she spoke contains mature language and themes, and graphic description of violence against women. Listener discretion is advised.

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"The Way She Spoke" is a raw and riveting one-person exploration of the women in Juárez, Mexico who have been silenced by violence and fear on the treacherous streets of the city.

Audible presents this one-woman work by Isaac Gomez, in which the actress Kate del Castillo takes on the role of an actress who performs a reading of "the way she spoke" for the company. As a "docu-mythologia," this meta-play directed by Jo Bonney follows Gomez's journey to Juárez, Mexico, where he meets with locals and interviews them about the mysterious disappearance of women on a daily basis. She is endearing even when she is playing a grieving mother or a suspected murderer, as Del Castillo does in both roles. Grave markers and missing person posters are projected onto the back wall of the undressed set as del Castillo tells stories of snatched, raped, and mutilated girls—including toddlers—who have been kidnapped, raped, and mutilated. However, Gomez's self-conscious framing, which has the purpose of interrogating his male privilege and guilt as a kind of tourist of the women's tragedy, detracts from the significance of the play's message and the good intentions that went into its writing.

Summery

The Way She Spoke is a haunting and theatrical one-woman show that travels from a New York stage to the dangerous streets of Juárez, Mexico, where thousands of women have been murdered in an epidemic of violence that has yet to be stopped. A raw and riveting exploration of responsibility, written by Isaac Gómez based on his personal interviews, the play is a raw and riveting exploration of one playwright's journey to give voice to a city of women who have been silenced by violence, fear, and an uninterested world.

History

The Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City hosted the world premiere of The Way She Spoke on July 8, 2019. Kate Del Castillo appeared in the production, which was directed by Jo Bonney.

Media

“An act of bearing witness... an aching, outraged work of vigil, protest and inquiry.” – The New York Times

“Isaac Gomez has drawn from interviews with real women to expose just how terrifying life in Juárez has become. It is riveting theater... Gomez’s script is a brilliant, tragic book of the dead.” – New York Theatre Guide

“At first, the terrific solo show The Way She Spoke seems simple... Gomez’s play picks its way carefully among genres: It’s half memoir, half fiction, half documentary, half memorial. That’s too many halves—there’s too much play here. But that’s because there is no appropriate response other than surfeit of anguish, of pity, of rage.” – TimeOut NY

Video

In Conversation with Kate del Castillo and Isaac Gomez about the way she spoke

Author

Issac Gomez

Isaac Gómez is a playwright and screenwriter based in Chicago and Los Angeles who is originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He has won numerous awards for his work. He is currently under contract with LCT3, Steppenwolf Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and IAMA Theatre Company, amongst other organisations.

The Audible Theater, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, and the Alley Theatre, among many other companies, have produced and/or developed his plays. He has also written for television and film. Among his many honours are the 2018 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatists Guild, the 2017 Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award from Primary Stages, and the inaugural 3Arts "Make A Wave" grant.

A few of his notable television credits include the Netflix Original Series Narcos: Mexico, the first writers room for the Netflix series Kings of America, and most recently, the upcoming Apple TV+ Limited Series The Last Thing He Told Me, which will star Julia Roberts. He is currently working on a television series with Stacey Sher and FX Networks.

On the feature film front, he is currently working on a full-length film for Focus Features, which will be released in 2019. In his spare time, he likes to cook menudo (with bolillos, not tortillas, porfis) and play millennial loteria, in which he is extremely skilled. The Gersh Agency, ReDefine Entertainment, and Granderson Des Rochers, LLP are all representing him in this matter.

Cast

Production: An Audible, Inc. production of a play in one act by Isaac Gomez.

Crew: Directed by Jo Bonney. Sets, Riccardo Hernandez; costumes, Emilio Sosa; hair and makeup, J. Jared Janas; lighting, Lap Chi Chu; sound, Elisheba Ittoop; projection design, Aaron Rhyne; production stage manager, Evangeline Rose Whitlock.

Actress: Kate del Castillo.

Testimonials

Reviews by Viewers

Audrey Segal

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A terrifying, heartbreaking story of interviews with women in Juarez about their fear of leaving the house, going to work, walking down the street. Almost unbearable: she listed the toddlers to elderly women who were raped, murdered, mutilated. A tremendously hard read. 

Ashley Muller

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Loved the play and love the audible! Every time I hear the audible I can feel every moment of the play. It is a very sad one, but a real situation that we can’t close our eyes or look the other way. It does have some funny moments, like to let go of the pressure of the story. Based on real events.

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