La Turista

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La Turista
Written bySam Shepard
  • Salem
  • Kent
  • Boy
  • Doctor
  • Son
  • Doc
  • Sonny
Date premiered4 March 1967[1]
Place premieredAmerican Place Theatre, New York City.[2]
Original languageEnglish
SettingHotel rooms in Mexico and in the US

La Turista is a play by the American playwright Sam Shepard,[3] first performed at American Place Theatre, New York City in 1967, directed by Jacques Levy.[4] The title refers to the most common illness among tourists. The two main characters are Salem and Kent, which are also the names of brands of cigarettes. It is a two-act dramatic play. The first act takes place in Mexico, and the second in the United States. Some see this play as a reference to the Vietnam war.

Production history[edit]

La Turista was first performed at the American Place Theatre in New York City, on March 4, 1967. The cast was as follows:


  1. ^ James Fisher (1 June 2011). Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater: 1930-2010. Scarecrow Press. pp. 440–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7950-8.
  2. ^ Radmila Nastić; Vesna Bratić (8 February 2016). Highlights in Anglo-American Drama: Viewpoints from Southeast Europe. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 68–. ISBN 978-1-4438-8845-5.
  3. ^ Ruth Little; Emily McLaughlin (2007). The Royal Court Theatre Inside Out. Oberon. ISBN 978-1-84002-763-1.
  4. ^ Gilbert Debusscher; Henry I. Schvey; Marc Maufort (1989). New Essays on American Drama. Rodopi. pp. 169–. ISBN 90-5183-107-2.
  5. ^ Roudane (27 May 2002). The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard. Cambridge University Press. pp. 17–. ISBN 978-0-521-77766-7.

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