Yo No Speak Americano

Open Access
Johnson, Marina Georgia
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • William James Cobb, Thesis Supervisor
  • Janet Wynne Lyon, Honors Advisor
  • Robin Lynn Reese, Faculty Reader
  • social issues
  • play
It has always been my belief that the best theatre leaves the audience examining and reevaluating themselves and the world around them. Stella Adler said it best: “The word theatre means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.” It is for that reason that I began to write this play. Yo No Speak Americano is my first attempt at playwrighting, at putting the world in which we live under a microscope and trying pinpoint where the problems lie. It follows the lives of a gay male, an Iraqi, and a Mexican. When I described the characters to some, they chuckled and said that it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. The reason that it comes across that way, though, is because it appears odd that, socially, these three men would have motive, means, and opportunity to converse together. My goal in writing this play was to call in to question the way that each and every person views their friends, their legal system, and the very world in which we live.