Washington, DC - Dolores lives on a small Texas ranch during the Great Depression and dreams of becoming an astronomer. When her aunt Ynés Mexia, the pioneer Mexican-American botanist, comes for a visit and talks about her trek through the lush Amazon region of South America in search of new plant specimens, she inspires Dolores to pursue her dreams against family expectations.
“Between Earth and Sky”, states playwright Cackley, “was inspired primarily by Ynés Mexia, a Mexican-American woman who lived an extraordinary life and contributed greatly to scientific knowledge in this country. She does not appear in most science or history books and this play is my attempt to introduce her and her work to a wider audience. I want young audiences to know that there have always been women, especially Latina women, who have followed their dreams and accomplished great things, even if the wider world hasn't acknowledged them.”
The play was workshopped and presented as a rehearsed reading in April 2018 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of New Visions/New Voices 2018.
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