Cielito Lindo, written by Stephany Cavazos, debuted at the Austin Latino New Play Festival on May 8, 2014.
Cielito Lindo follows the story of Florencia “Sky,” a Latina schoolgirl growing up in Texas during the mid to late 20th Century. For Skye, school is not only a place for learning— it is a scary place wrought with bullies who make fun of her Latina roots, the center point of this harassment being her name. While school is a war zone for Skye, her home acts as a safe haven and fantasy due to her grandparents’ retelling of their love story from years past. One day, after a long night full of storytelling, a new boy, Dylan, becomes a student at the elementary and befriends Sky. Sky and Dylan become the new targets for the three bullies, which acts as a catalyst for Sky to question her identity and turn her back on Dylan. After a heart-to-heart conversation with Abuelo Efren while fishing, Skye quickly realizes that she would never change who she is or who she befriends just to please the so-called popular friends at school.
Cielito Lindo is a play that intertwines the struggle of growing up Latina, the nostalgic and familiar love story of two individuals, and the blessings that come with true friendship.