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A Summer in 1993 in Spanish Harlem finally reveals the secret past of Cuban-American cardiac nurse Negra Centron. A childhood secret torments the life and stifles the growth of a beautiful woman. The ancient religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, known as Regla de Ocha and Santeria in the Diaspora, is the engine behind this supernatural mystery thriller. This African-evolved religion, with its magic, is the backdrop for this tale of love, hate, deceit, betrayal, obsession, forgiveness, acceptance, and hope. Magic, ritual, and destiny are the threads unraveling this gripping, edgy, mystery/thriller.

Pressured by a suspicious mother, a strange bed-fellow, and an amorous co-worker, Negra battles to keep a childhood secret from unraveling while a restless spirit and the African gods seek justice...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

AWIT TEASER: MILLE AND IYA CARMEN PREPARE FOR SPIRITUAL CLEANING

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CARMEN begins shaking and rubbing her arms as if
cold.

CARMEN
HAY DIOS! It very bad in here. CARMEN jumps up reciting
the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish. MILLIE, bring the
shopping bag!

MILLIE (MOTIONS CARMEN TO SIT GETS SHOPPING BAG)
Sentarse! Sentarse! Sit! See, I tell you!We gotta get
rid of this guy, I tell you that much! Sit, I make
cafe.

CARMEN (AS SHE SITS)
It’s not just Tony, Mama! Mucho spiritual problemas
’round here. The dead do not rest.

MILLIE
I know it my Ruben, Negras padre. I know he very
unhappy.. He-- (SHAKES HEAD)

CARMEN (CUTTING MILLIE OFF, RAISES HAND)
No-- MILLIE rambles on, not listening, slowly rises
from chair.

MILLIE
That man was a blessing from the heavens. These kinda
things goin’(WHILE CHANGING FLOWERS) on ’round here...
I know, it very bad Ruben never like that Tony. When he
was little Ruben say to me, "This kid is a no good
son-of-a-gun. You’ll see. He bad one." He say--

CARMEN (CUTTING MILLIE OFF, SHAKING HEAD)
NO! It’s not just Tony. Very complicated situation
here.

MILLIE (OVERLAPPING CARMEN)
Ruben say to me over twenty years, he say, "I no trust
that guy ’round my little girls. Cuidado. Careful... My
Ruben was a hard workin’ man. He give NEGRA and Elsie
EV-ERY-THING! He go to mass every Sunday. Never miss
one day! I always have plenty of food. Always nice
things in mi house. That man, he saved my life! There
was NOTHING he wouldn't do for the girls! Though he in
the ground he made everything possible for his girls!
He save for Negra to go to nursin’ school, and I was
able to make beautiful wedding for Elsie... He still
with me, I know it. CARMEN, you know that I smell his
cigar! Si! I still smell the smoke from his cigar in my
house. That Ruben maybe?

CARMEN (PREOCCUPIED)
Maybe.

MILLIE (BREAKS DOWN IN TEARS)
Ruben, Ruben, my Ruben! I miss my Ruben!

CARMEN(RISES TO COMFORT MILLIE)
Calmate! Calmate! We better get to work. Alotta work to
do in here.

MILLIE (BREAKING AWAY. WALKS AROUND)
My Ruben! You know, I never tell nobody-nobody in this
world this story... When I meet Ruben I was just a
girl. I was VERY beautiful then-

CARMEN
You are still a very beautiful woman, MILLIE...

MILLIE
Ah, nothing like I was then! I was at La Plaza shopping
for mi Madre, only to buy a few things. We were poor,
but very proud people in them days in Matanzas. I see
many things at La Plaza, many beautiful things I’d like
to buy for miself. Of course, there is no money for
these things.

CARMEN (REFLECTING)
Yes, things were hard for many of us in Cuba.

MILLIE
I see a man across the way... A BIG, handsome man with
a big cigar in the side of his mouth. He wear a thick
gold chain with a medal of Santa Barbara, shinning
against his black skin. He was like Chango in person
(GIGGLING) You know somethin’? I don’t know what happen
to medal He never take it off. Never! I never see it
again since he- he- disappear that night... think maybe
they rob his body... He NEVER take Santa Barbara from
his neck!

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