So Go The Ghosts of Mexico (Part One)

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  1w, 4m

In this chilling drama, inspired by the “Bravest Woman in Mexico,” a 22-year-old woman volunteers to
replace her town’s beheaded police chief when no one else is willing to stand up.

So Go The Ghosts of Mexico (Part One)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1w, 4m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
  • Winner! 2012 Princess Grace Award


The first of a three-play cycle exploring the U.S./Mexico drug wars, this chilling yet darkly humorous drama was inspired by the “Bravest Woman in Mexico.” When no one else will accept the position, a 22-year-old woman volunteers the local police chief, who was recently beheaded. Her bold decision sets off a chain of reactions in her husband, the Narcos, and perhaps the entire country of Mexico.
so go the ghosts of méxico, part one was first produced by La MaMa e.t.c. in New York City on April 11, 2013; Artistic Director Mia Yoo, Producing Director Beverly Petty. It was directed by Meiyin Wang.
Cast Attributes
Performing Groups
a brave woman in méxico
the police chief
the husband
el morete
  • Time Period Present Day
  • Setting México. The present.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Drugs
    • Intense Adult Themes


“Chilling... persistently haunting.” – The New York Times

“An incredibly moving play that successfully brings the fear, loss and tragedy that has happened so far away from New York City quite literally to the main stage.” – Exeunt Magazine, Read More 

“Chilling... persistently haunting... [an] audacious, almost novelistic script.” – The New York Times, Read More 

“In so go the ghosts of méxico, while [Olmos’] talent with language still resonates and the mixing of realities prevails, his sense of timing becomes yet another feather in his hat. The humor in so go the ghosts… is timed to perfection. It lightens up the heaviness of the atmosphere and flows quite effortlessly through the absurdity of the situation at hand.” – Theatre Jones, Read More

“Fantastical... poetic... a tantalizing premise that sets the stage for Olmos’ [next] show.” – Dallas Morning News, Read More

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Matthew Paul Olmos

Matthew Paul Olmos is a Mexican-American playwright who focuses his work on the creation of space for marginalized and underrepresented communities. While always personal, his work is aimed at reaching across sociopolitical boundaries, showing the ridiculous of how separate o ...

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