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Eyes for Consuela

Synopsis

Eyes for Consuela

Based on the short story by Octavio Paz, Eyes for Consuela opens with a middle-aged American, Henry, wandering Mexico after leaving behind his wife in Michigan. He is soon ambushed by Viejo, a villager who intends to cut out Henry’s eyes as an offering to the ghostly Consuela. However, at the end of the play Consuela appears and rejects Henry’s brown eyes, demonstrating that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Production Notes

Two-act play.
First production: Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center Stage II, New York, February 10, 1998.
Directed by Terry Kinney
Produced by the Manhattan Theatre Company
Sets by Santo Loquasto
Costumes by Walt Spangler
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton
Original music by Josue Perez
Based on the story “The Blue Bouquet” by Octavio Paz

Bibliography: Primary Sources

Shepard, Sam. The Late Henry Moss, Eyes for Consuela, When the World Was Green: Three Plays. New York: Vintage, 1998. Print.

Bibliography: Secondary Sources

Brantley, Ben. “Eyes for Consuela.” The New York Times 11 Feb. 1998 : 1. Print.

Canby, Vincent. “Eyes for Consuela.” The New York Times 15 Feb. 1998 : 26. Print.

Kuchwara, Michael. “‘Eyes for Consuela’ Opens in NY.” Associated Press 10 Feb. 1998 : n. pag. Print.

—. “Without Brevity, Tale Loses Its Edge.” The Record 13 Feb. 1998 : n. pag. Print.

Lyman, Rick. “Old Hand at Shepard.” The New York Times 23 Jan. 1998 : 2. Print.

Senior, Jennifer. “Sam Shepard.” New York 9 Feb. 1998 : 46–47. Print.

Simon, John. “Eyes for Consuela.” New York 2 Mar. 1998 : 51–52. Print.

Winer, Linda. “Shepard’s Surreal Bandito/’Eyes’ Bogs down in the Turf of a Tennessee Williams Jungle.” Newsday 11 Feb. 1998 : 2. Print.

Image Gallery
David Straithairn (left) as Henry and Daniel Faraldo (right) as Amado. Photo taken by Joan Marcus ©1998.

David Straithairn (left) as Henry and Daniel Faraldo (right) as Amado. Photo taken by Joan Marcus ©1998.