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Barefoot Boy with Shoes On

Edwin Sánchez
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Trapped in horrendous and cramped living conditions with his father and grandfather, Rosario Cortez battles to break his family's cycle of poverty and remove his son from the violence and squalor of the urban ghetto.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (1 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Few playwrights are persuasive enough to make an audience root for a young man who batters his girlfriend and considers kidnapping and murder to get what he wants. But from the moment we meet Rosario Cortez, singing to his infant son and promising him a better future with a passion that burns white-hot, we like him. After we see his living conditions — sharing a cramped room with his father and grandfather, who spend their days watching porno films — we know that extreme measures are necessary. That doesn’t mean that we approve of Rosario’s means or the ways in which he expresses his anger. But we understand his motives, share his dreams and admire his tenacity. It is not surprising that the writer who’s created Rosario and his world of longings is Edwin Sánchez, who also wrote TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS. That haunting play centered on a love triangle involving a street hustler, an abused teenager and a yuppie lawyer, all yearning for something more in their lives. Sánchez knows how to capture the world of dreamers … play … moves gracefully … carried along by beautiful writing …” —Aileen Jacobson, Newsday

“… a touching drama that’s worthy of attention …” —David Kaufman, Daily News

“Edwin Sánchez’s tough, twisty, surprising new plays shows his usual flair for dealing with predictable subjects unpredictably … [and with] sparky verbal flights …” —Michael Feingold, Village Voice

About the Author


  • Edwin Sánchez

    Winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award for LA BELLA FAMILIA, recent productions include UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE and TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS, both in Los Angeles as well as the world premiere of the romantic comedy I'LL TAKE ROMANCE at the Evolution Theatre in Ohio. Other productions include: DIOSA, produced by Hartford Stage after a successful workshop by New York Stage and Film, TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS at the Bank Street Theater in New York, UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE at the Intar Theater in New York, for which he received the Princess Grace Playwriting Award in 1994, and BAREFOOT BOY WITH SHOES On at Primary Stages in New York. This play was selected by the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference to represent the National Playwrights Conference at the Schelykovo Playwrights Seminar in Russia; ICARUS produced by Fourth Unity, Actors Theater of Louisville as part of their Humana Festival, San Jose Rep and regionally throughout the U.S.; and TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS, Atlantic Theater in New York, and productions in Brazil and Switzerland. He was also among the playwrights involved with Brave New World, an organization commemorating the events surrounding September 11th. Edwin is on the playwriting faculty at Primary Stages in New York City.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/1/2000
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881451788

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Primary Stages, New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Barefoot Boy with Shoes On is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC