The Floating Island Plays by Eduardo Machado

The Floating Island Plays by Eduardo Machado


In the Floating Island Plays Cuban-American dramatist Eduardo Machado explores the meaning of his homeland's history. This tragi-comic quartet tells the twentieth-century story of several extended families, linked by marriage and then by exile in the United States.

The Modern Ladies of Guanabacoa shows one family's climb to wealth in the Cuba of 1928-31. Castro's seize of power is the offstage catalytic event in both Fabiola and In the Eye of the Hurricane. Broken Eggs takes place at a southern California wedding in 1979 and reveals the complexities of life in America for three generations of displaced persons. Machado's vision is Chekhovian in its complexity, in its balance of criticism and compassion. The story he tells is at once political drama and social comedy, speaking directly to every citizen of the modern world who can't go home again.

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