The Way She Spoke

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  1w

Based on intimate interviews, The Way She Spoke is a raw and
riveting one-actor exploration of the women silenced by violence and
fear in the treacherous streets of Juárez, Mexico.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
  • Duration
    75 Minutes


A haunting and theatrical one-woman play, The Way She Spoke travels from a New York stage to the treacherous streets of Juárez, Mexico, where thousands of women have been murdered in an epidemic of violence that has yet to stop. Written by Isaac Gómez based on his intimate interviews, the play is a raw and riveting exploration of responsibility: one playwright's journey to give voice to a city of women silenced by violence, fear and a world that has turned a deaf ear to their stories.
The Way She Spoke premiered at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City on July 8, 2019. Directed by Jo Bonney, the production featured Kate Del Castillo.
Cast Attributes

THE ACTRESS – Mexican (not Puerto Rican, not Colombian, not Cuban, not Dominican, not Brazilian, not Ecuadorian, not Argentinian, not Chilean, not Guatemalan, not Peruvian, not Salvadorian, not Guatemalan, not Honduran – she is Mexican. Or of Mexican descent. Or Mexican American. Tejana. Chicana.)

Can be as young as early twenties, and as old as late fifties. She plays fifteen different roles (including herself and the playwright), and every character she embodies is Mexican. So to best ensure that differentiation in inflection, characterization, speech pattern, and physical characterization reflects the breadth, depth and differentiation of Mexican people, THE ACTRESS must be Mexican.

Please cast accordingly.

  • Setting A large, gutted, empty performance space in a big city somewhere. Present day.
  • Duration 75 Minutes


“An act of bearing witness... an aching, outraged work of vigil, protest and inquiry.” – The New York Times

“Isaac Gomez has drawn from interviews with real women to expose just how terrifying life in Juárez has become. It is riveting theater... Gomez’s script is a brilliant, tragic book of the dead.” – New York Theatre Guide

“At first, the terrific solo show The Way She Spoke seems simple... Gomez’s play picks its way carefully among genres: It’s half memoir, half fiction, half documentary, half memorial. That’s too many halves—there’s too much play here. But that’s because there is no appropriate response other than surfeit of anguish, of pity, of rage.” – TimeOut NY


  • The Way She Spoke: In Conversation with Kate del Castillo and Isaac Gomez youtube thumbnail

    The Way She Spoke: In Conversation with Kate del Castillo and Isaac Gomez

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    The Vortex Presents The Way She Spoke

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Isaac Gómez

Isaac Gómez (they/them) is an award-winning Chicago and Los Angeles-based playwright and screenwriter originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. They identify as na’wi – the third gender marker of the Rarámuri, a Mexican indigenous community in northern Chihuahua, ...

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