Lucia is understandably nervous. It’s day one at her first TV writing job. As a Mexican-born novelist, she may actually be the “diversity hire” she’s heard whispers about. Uncertain whether she can make a place for herself in cutthroat Hollywood, at least she feels less alone when she meets Abel, the Latino janitor. They form a bond and share stories, but it turns out that what Lucia gains from their friendship is not what Abel expects in this witty dramatic comedy about class, integrity, and culture.
"Saracho’s writing is so sharp… a powerful piece with a fresh voice and a bright future."
Lucia is a Mexican-born novelist who has just moved from Chicago to start her new career in Hollywood as a television writer. Self-conscious that she is still riding the success of her first and only novel, she can’t shake the thought that she is not qualified for her new position. As she talks on the phone with her boyfriend who still lives in Chicago, she describes feeling like a fish out of water and wonders why she was hired to work at this office full of old, white men. As the only Latina screenwriter on her team, not to mention the youngest by at least 10 years, she’s worried that her coworkers may be right about her being a “diversity hire.”
As she starts settling into her new office, Lucia knocks a shelving unit off her desk. Abel, the Latino janitor, comes to help her clean up and she is relieved to see someone she feels she can relate to. While at first she offends him by speaking only Spanish, the two eventually begin to connect.
Over the course of a few weeks, they grow closer with every encounter. As their friendship grows, the two share stories of their lives. Abel consoles Lucia when she and her boyfriend seemingly split. The two talk about their Mexican heritage and the class divide that separates them and Abel speaks of his time in the Marines. When he shares a heartbreaking story about his relationship with his daughter and ex-wife, Lucia asks if she can use parts of his life to help her with a new character on her show. Abel agrees, flattered to see his life portrayed on TV, and happy to support his new friend.
Suddenly Lucia is distant. She starts working from home to write the episode featuring Abel, she begins talking with her boyfriend again, although she had said she was done with him. One night Abel walks into Lucia’s office and hears the episode playing on her computer. When he enters, she immediately pauses it and starts to leave. Abel offers a celebratory dinner, but Lucia turns him down, opting to spend time with her boyfriend instead. As she leaves, Abel is left alone with the computer that has the episode about his life on it. What he sees could change their relationship forever.
Cast & Creative
Octavia Chavez-Richmond '18
Daniel Duque-Estrada '13
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