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A Screenplay By James Nathan Post

In 1853, the tiny Mexican village of Lastima had just become part of the United States, as part of the Gadsden Purchase. Ten-year- old Chulita tells her town that she has seen a vision of the Blue Lady (a legendary 15th Century nun in blue habit reported to have been seen in New Mexico for decades), and she has prayed for a new carved statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe for the tiny village church. The pompous mayor Sapogrande, the optimistic but apologetic Padre Cabrito, the old drunken woodcarver Caterino, the bohemian guitarist Flaco, the hot- headed young revolutionary Pancho Huarache, and the others of the town each try to help her cope with the fact that the prayer is not likely to be answered. The mayor takes up a collection to buy one, and is robbed; the priest apologizes for God, and offers her an option; the woodcarver screams she torments him by looking like his lost wife. The town prepares for a Mexican peasant Christmas, and the Blue Lady comes through in the end and inspires old Caterino to make a beautiful icon of the Virgin to make their celebration of the procession of La Posada the best ever.

Part history, part fantasy, La Mantilla is light, humorous, and also sweet and moving. It calls for no special effects or unreal sets, and could be produced very inexpensively.

Principal characters, an all-Hispanic cast:

FLACO, A young man in the simple costume of a peon, with a guitar.

SAPOGRANDE, Middle aged mayor, a pompous man in a grand Mexican style suit.

CHULITA, A sweet, trusting, and determined girl of twelve.

ABUILITA , The oldest Great-Granny, spry of body, nimble of wit.

MARTINEZ, The bartender and owner of La Fuente Cantina.

PADRE CABRITO, A fat and happy little priest, in a monk's robe.

CATERINO MEDINA, The old town wino, once a great woodcarver.

PANCHO HUARACHE, A young militant revolutionary.

MUCHACHA, A stage-struck young waitress.

THE BLUE LADY, A 16th Century nun, in blue habit.

SRA. CHAVEZ , One of the town's society women.

RUSTY, A very young boy.

PACO, A very young boy.

CHIQUITA , A very young girl.

TOWNFOLK, Patrons in the bar, paraders, carolers, etc.

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