Womens Magazine

Covenants And Questions Among Generations

La Malinche
Cherrie Moraga’s play THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE takes off from the story of La Malinche, a Native woman who in myth became the collaborator of the colonizers of Mexico.

Playwright and poet Cherrie Moraga, co-editor of the class feminist of color book, This Bridge Called My Back, discusses her new play, THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE, with Lisa Dettmer. In a time-traveling re-encounter with a 16th century female slave-turned-slaveholder, a Mexican woman in the early stages of Alzheimers is forced to concede a radically revised ledger on her life; its loves and losses, in this play which opens at San Francisco’s Brava Theater on August 10. The Stanford Daily says the play has “the power to render its audience speechless – to wrench us from our academic stupor, remind us of the importance of good art, and make us feel a little more awake because of it.”

And Kate Raphael talks with authors Diana Paul and Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, who both explore the duties that one generation owes to the next and the previous. Diana Paul’s award-winning THINGS UNSAID explores the moral territory of the sandwich generation, who must simultaneously fulfill their obligations to their aging parents and their children reaching adulthood. Jeanne Blasberg’s EDEN spotlights the choices of four generations of women in one family when faced with unplanned pregnancies, and chronicles the consequences of their decisions.

  • Diana Paul

    Thank you, Kate, for interviewing Jeanne and me. Loved bouncing ideas and impressions off of each other on the universal theme of family secrets, obligation, and karma.

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