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the way she spoke

By: Isaac Gomez
Narrated by: Kate del Castillo
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Publisher's summary

Imagine living with a fear so visceral each day that simply walking down the street draws terror to one’s core. That’s the best case scenario for a woman on the streets of Juárez, Mexico. Kate del Castillo (La Reina del Sur) delivers a stunning one-woman performance that transports listeners from a New York stage to the treacherous streets of Juárez, Mexico, where thousands of women have been murdered in an ongoing epidemic of violence. Written by Isaac Gomez (Steppenwolf’s La Ruta) and based on his intimate interviews, the way she spoke is a raw and riveting exploration of responsibility and follows one playwright's journey to give voice to a city of women silenced by violence, fear, and a world that has turned a deaf ear to their stories. This poignant and unforgettable play is directed by Obie and Lucille Lortel–winner Jo Bonney.

Written by Isaac Gomez
Performed by Kate del Castillo
Directed by Jo Bonney
Original Theatrical Sound Design by Elisheba Ittoop

Note: the way she spoke contains mature language and themes, and graphic description of violence against women. Listener discretion is advised.

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"It’s surprisingly calm. No sign of the kind of violence I remember when I was 12."
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"I never knew the truth about these women, and that embarrassed me. Everybody knew about it but me."
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"It made me sick to my stomach because Juárez is my home."
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"Being alone here as a woman makes you feel afraid and vulnerable."
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  • "It’s surprisingly calm. No sign of the kind of violence I remember when I was 12."
  • the way she spoke
  • "I never knew the truth about these women, and that embarrassed me. Everybody knew about it but me."
  • the way she spoke
  • "It made me sick to my stomach because Juárez is my home."
  • the way she spoke
  • "Being alone here as a woman makes you feel afraid and vulnerable."
Isaac Gomez

About the Creator

Isaac Gomez is an award-winning Chicago-based playwright originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His play La Ruta received its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2018. His one-woman show, the way she spoke, received its off-Broadway premiere at the Minetta Lane Theatre (produced by Audible, directed by Jo Bonney, starring Kate del Castillo) in 2019. He is currently under commission from South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Alley Theatre, and StepUp Chicago Playwrights. His plays have been supported by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, City Theatre, Artists Rep, Northlight Theatre, Albany Park Theater Project, WaterTower Theatre, Haven Theatre, Teatro Vista, Greenhouse Theater Center, Jackalope Theatre Company, Pivot Arts, Definition Theatre Company, Broken Nose Theatre, Stage Left, The VORTEX, and Something Marvelous. He is the recipient of the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award, the 2017 Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award at Primary Stages, an inaugural 3Arts "Make A Wave" grantee, advisory member with the Alliance of Latinx Theatre, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate with Victory Gardens Theater, Ensemble Member with Teatro Vista, Artistic Associate with Pivot Arts, an advisory committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC), and a core producer with the Jubilee. He is a Professional Lecturer at The Theatre School at DePaul University and is represented by The Gersh Agency and Circle of Confusion.

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Powerful, but it's a pity I don't speak Spanish

An incredibly powerful subject which, I think, was well researched.
Unfortunately, I don't speak Spanish. Often times when the narrator made a key statement, it was lost for lack of translation.

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Listen to this, but be prepared.

Stunning. Horrifying. Outstanding. The narration/performance was excellent. The writing is rapid, though I don’t know what more could’ve been added without utter audience fatigue. A gem in the offering.

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Appalling ..... but format not engaging

Can’t believe these things can happen and there is no one stopping these murders. This story was a bit hard to follow and I don’t speak Spanish, so much was lost, I’m sure. Couldn’t finish. The subject matter is important, but the format of this story was not the best way to present it. Sorry, not an overly engaging read.

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Eye opening

Hard to believe that is this day and age, women are still treated like property. Why can’t this be addressed in all societies. My head hurt by the pain experienced in this book. It is only a little over an hour long.

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Hard to follow

The story addresses an important and brutal topic: the murders of women and the brutality in Juarez. Reality isn't always pretty. But, the way the story is told and narrated is very confusing. I didn't get much out of the story other than the descriptions of the brutalized victims and snippets of the fear of the women who live there. There were confusing time switches (or maybe location switches? I'm not sure); a narrator who emotes well but I wasn't certain whether or when she spoke as a man or a woman. Also, a lot of Spanish, which I am conversant in, but would be even more confusing for a listener who isn't.

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So heartbreaking but true

It is so unthinkable that this could happen, but nobody stops it. This needs to be stopped. Hundreds of pages of women and children murdered, decimated of humanity, disappeared.

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Confused

Message of inhumanity to women is important to know. Confused at first about who’s speaking and the context lay out. I didn’t follow who she’s talking to. What’s male or female voices. Lot of Spanish I didn’t understand. Suddenly gets extremely loud screaming in Spanish.

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Finally

a light, albeit small, shone on the missing and murdered indigenous women. Make it stop.

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Really hard to follow

I read the reviews and knew going into it that there was a true story being told about all these women in Juarez being murdered with their stories largely untold. However, as for the audio book production of this story, I could not follow it. Between switching back and forth to Spanish, the fact that the main narrator has an androgynous voice, and from what I can gather, the narrator is reading the script of a play that involves 2 people researching the script for a play (about these women). Does that make sense to you? It certainly didn't to me.

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Horrible

Horrible. Overly dramatic. No substance to story. Not compelling or entertaining. Tough subject but I wasn’t drawn in at all. Stories are supposed to engage the listeners

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