On the Wings of a Mariposa Based on Ghost Wings by Barbara Joosse from the novel by Barbara Joosse, by Alvaro Saar Rios, music and lyrics by Dinorah Márquez Abadiano

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Play with music
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60 - 70 minutes
4 W, 1 M, 5 Any (9-13 actors possible: 4-13 W, 0-6 M)

Based on Barbara Joosse’s beloved children book, On the Wings of a Mariposa is a story about one girl’s quest to keep her abuelita’s memory alive set during the beautiful annual monarch butterfly migration. After her abuelita dies, ten-year-old Pilar uses an old shawl that smells like her grandmother to help her remember their adventures together. One whiff reminds her of the two of them making tortillas or visiting a special forest known as el Círculo Magico where her abuelita would converse with wildlife. But as the shawl’s scent fades, so too do Pilar’s memories. Once it’s gone, will she lose her grandmother forever? This play with music is a true celebration of life and bursts at the seams with warm memories and joy.

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Play Details

Based on Barbara Joosse’s beloved children book, On the Wings of a Mariposa is a story about one girl’s quest to keep her abuelita’s memory alive set during the beautiful annual monarch butterfly migration. After her abuelita dies, ten-year-old Pilar uses an old shawl that smells like her grandmother to help her remember their adventures together. One whiff reminds her of the two of them making tortillas or visiting a special forest known as el Círculo Magico where her abuelita would converse with wildlife. But as the shawl’s scent fades, so too do Pilar’s memories. Once it’s gone, will she lose her grandmother forever? This play with music is a true celebration of life and bursts at the seams with warm memories and joy.

  • Play with music
  • |
  • 60 - 70 minutes
  • 4 W, 1 M, 5 Any (9-13 actors possible: 4-13 W, 0-6 M)
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-931-9

Published Reviews

A gorgeous tribute to Mexican culture.

OnMilwaukee

...reveals the connection among three generations of women in Michoacán, Mexico.

Shepherd Express

...a touching story about grief and remembrance that speaks to all ages.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Production History

MAR 07, 2024 - APR 25, 2024
Theatre Department John Jay HS
San Antonio, TX United States
Theatre Department John Jay HS San Antonio, TX United States
MAR 04, 2024 - MAR 04, 2024
Austwell Tivoli ISD
Gonzales, TX United States
Austwell Tivoli ISD Gonzales, TX United States
DEC 05, 2023 - DEC 10, 2023
Industrial High School
Vanderbilt, TX United States
Industrial High School Vanderbilt, TX United States
MAR 02, 2023 - MAY 06, 2023
Southwest Legacy High School
Von Ormy, TX United States
Southwest Legacy High School Von Ormy, TX United States
FEB 28, 2023 - MAY 08, 2023
USHS One-Act Play
Laredo, TX United States
USHS One-Act Play Laredo, TX United States
OCT 20, 2022 - OCT 27, 2022
Kitty Hawk Middle School
Universal City, TX United States
Kitty Hawk Middle School Universal City, TX United States
NOV 02, 2020 - NOV 02, 2020
Telatúlsa
Tulsa, OK United States
Telatúlsa Tulsa, OK United States
MAR 20, 2020 - MAR 20, 2020
Adventure Theatre MTC
Glen Echo, MD United States
Adventure Theatre MTC Glen Echo, MD United States
OCT 18, 2019 - NOV 10, 2019
First Stages
Milwaukee, WI United States
First Stages Milwaukee, WI United States
MAR 07, 2024 - APR 25, 2024
Theatre Department John Jay HS
San Antonio, TX United States
Theatre Department John Jay HS San Antonio, TX United States
MAR 04, 2024 - MAR 04, 2024
Austwell Tivoli ISD
Gonzales, TX United States
Austwell Tivoli ISD Gonzales, TX United States
NOV 02, 2020 - NOV 02, 2020
Telatúlsa
Tulsa, OK United States
Telatúlsa Tulsa, OK United States
MAR 20, 2020 - MAR 20, 2020
Adventure Theatre MTC
Glen Echo, MD United States
Adventure Theatre MTC Glen Echo, MD United States
OCT 18, 2019 - NOV 10, 2019
First Stages
Milwaukee, WI United States
First Stages Milwaukee, WI United States

Awards (1)

AATE's Distinguished Play Award

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