Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2w

As they prepare a beloved family recipe, two Puerto Rican sisters clash over cultural divides, unearth old wounds and reveal long-buried secrets.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
  • Duration
    105 Minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience


Simmering between two Puerto Rican sisters is a family tension that finally comes to a boil. Forced to confront the reality of their father’s rapidly declining health, Renata and Caridad clash over cultural divides, unearth old wounds and reveal long-buried secrets. As Caridad’s sancocho bubbles on the stove, will the two sisters reconcile their past resentments to face their uncertain futures – together?
Sancocho made its world premiere at Vision Latino Theatre Company in Chicago on 8 October 2022. Directed by Xavier Custodio, the production featured Antonia Arcely and Amber Lee Ramos. On 11 March 2023, the play premiered off-Broadway at WP Theatre. Directed by Rebecca Martínez, the production featured Shirley Rumierk and Zuleyma Guevara.
CARIDAD DE JESÚS – 58 years old, Puerto Rican, a matriarch (Renata's sister). She is Afro-Latina, a dark-skinned Boricua woman.
RENATA DE JESÚS-PEREZ – 33 years old, Puerto Rican, a lawyer (Caridad's sister). She is fair-skinned, a white latina.
  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting New York City, El Barrio. A pre-war apartment building. The present.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 105 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language
    • Mild Adult Themes


“Rich family fare... showcases the delicate nature de una familia.” – Chicago Reader

“Heavily seasoned... Sancocho, with the stew as its central metaphor, is a meditation on inheritance and family, how its members might eat and celebrate together, but suffer apart.” – The New York Times

“Authentic... a highly realistic depiction of kitchen-table politics and itchy family dynamics that become frozen and ignored, like so much leftover stew... a worthwhile meditation on how people and events can be perceived very differently, and how that divergent outlook has the potential to sour a relationship.” – Theatermania

“Rich family fare... Sancocho is a heartwarming story of Puerto Rican sisters... Christin Eve Cato’s script showcases the delicate nature de una familia, especially when age complicates our relationships with one another.” – Chicago Reader


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    Sancocho – WP Theater Promo

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    Christin Eve Cato Discusses Sancocho

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Christin Eve Cato

Christin Eve Cato, a luminary playwright, dramaturg, poet, educator, lyricist, songwriter and performing artist, emerges from the vibrant streets of the Bronx, bringing with her a profound artistic narrative steeped in the rich tapestry of her Puerto Rican and Jamaican roots. ...

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