Date of Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Shoe examines the family dynamics and gender roles within a dysfunctional Mexican American family led by a matriarch who manipulates her grown children to remain under her roof as a way to deal with the enormous grief created when her spouse abandoned her and her children twelve years ago. Drawing inspiration from the nursery rhyme There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, the play creates an atmosphere of confinement and constriction as the protagonist yearns for a life outside of the family’s double-wide trailer in Texas. The play calls for an all-Latinx cast. While the characters are all Mexican American, the roles are open to any Latinx actor. It should be acknowledged that the script is still in progress. Rewrites and minor edits will likely occur when the play undergoes a rehearsal process for its world premiere.
xvi, 147 pages
Copyright © 2018 Marisela Treviño Orta
Orta, Marisela Treviño. "Shoe." MFA (Master of Fine Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2018.