México, D.F: Secretaría de Cultura, Producciones Creativas Aralain (Colección: Proscenio Teatro), 2016. First Edition. Paperback. 54p., wrps. New. Item #63608
"El Culebra" centers around a Villista soldier known as El Culebra, who travels north of Mexico in enemy territory after the defeat of the Northern Division, awaiting instructions to search for a treasure that will help them rebuild their army. He is accompanied by a soldier who has become his wife, and an American journalist they kidnapped. El Culebra forces the journalist to write his memoir, so that there is a record of his exploits and successes. The journalist looks for a way to escape while writing the account, although he considers him to be loser who does not deserve to go down in history. He does not write exactly what his kidnapper (who does not know how to read) dictates, however, but instead writes a very personal version that details the contradictions of the struggle in Mexico. Meanwhile, El Culebra's wife also plans to escape from her husband, stealing the treasure they evenutally collect and using the journalist to cross the border and take refuge in the United States. Through this dialogue, writer Martin López Brie explores imperfect ideals, defeat as a way of life, failure as a national identity, compromise and conformism as measures of success, and much more.