The Treasures of El Mundo by Ruth Cantrell

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About The Play


American Southwest Theatre Company (Las Cruces, NM; photo by Jim Billings). Set design by Eileen Garcia, lighting by Sharon Ross and costumes by Paula Shaw.

Young Audiences. 55-60 minutes. 5-20 females, 4-19 males (9-24 performers possible). Suitable for high school and older performers and elementary school audiences. 

The Treasures of El Mundo was first produced at the American Southwest Theatre Company (Las Cruces, NM) and subsequently was included in the National Forest Services Centennial Celebration, which toured the Lincoln, Gila, Cibola, and Santa Fe National Parks. The play was awarded the Keep America Beautiful Award for Excellence for its environmental message. 

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Synopsis


American Southwest Theatre Company (Las Cruces, NM; photo by Jim Billings).

Huge conglomerate Apathymachina, Inc. is determined to spread the addictive Eroda Kola—even if that means destroying all of the treasures of El Mundo.  When the unlikeliest of heroes, a young girl named Esperanza, is entrusted with safeguarding the map to the treasures, she'll come to rely upon an equally unlikely group of allies, from an old environmentalist to a misunderstood wolf, in a race against Apathymachina and their evil cohorts, Dee Struction and the polluters, to save humanity's most precious gifts before they're lost forever.

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Did You Know?


Donna Kaz was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatre from Venus Theatre and is the author of the book UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour?