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the way she spoke

Narrated by: Kate del Castillo
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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"It’s surprisingly calm. No sign of the kind of violence I remember when I was 12."
"I never knew the truth about these women, and that embarrassed me. Everybody knew about it but me."
"It made me sick to my stomach because Juárez is my home."
"Being alone here as a woman makes you feel afraid and vulnerable."

  • the way she spoke
  • "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.

Kate del Castillo

About the Performer

A powerful artistic force since her teens, Mexican actress-producer Kate del Castillo has carefully nurtured a multi-national presence following over a decade as one of the most sought-after talents on Mexican television and film. The daughter of legendary Mexican actor Eric del Castillo, Kate appeared in her first film at age nine. Television credits include the title role in Telemundo’s blockbuster "Super Series" La Reina del Sur, Jane the Virgin (CW), Ingobernable (Netflix, also co-produced), Weeds (Showtime), and American Family (PBS). Feature film credits include The Day I Met El Chapo (Netflix, also co-produced), Under the Same Moon, American Visa (Best Actress Award at Málaga Film Festival), Julia with Tilda Swinton, Trade co-starring Kevin Kline, No Good Deed with Idris Elba, The 33, All About Nina, and the upcoming Bad Boys for Life among others. A philanthropist and an outspoken global activist, in 2009 she was appointed Ambassador for the Mexican Commission on Human Rights to combat human trafficking in Mexico City. She remains a devoted spokesperson for PETA and founded the “Los Angeles en Mexico” Charity for Mexico after the devastating 2017 earthquake.

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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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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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Hard to track

It was a really good performance but I lost track of who was speaking most of the time.

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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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Awful!

Awful! I was suckered in because I like Kate De Castillo, but her acting is so bad and she's even worse as a voice actress. One star is generous.

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Confusing to Follow

I found this difficult to follow. I mean the acting was good, you could tell they were into it. But I found keeping track of the characters difficult. I didn't know someone was male until they straight up said it Because I couldn't figure out the characters I found the story difficult to get into, but I mean I understand the premise and that what is happening is horrible but I couldn't connect because I was confused.

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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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one chapter was enough

Not a great story. What or where was the climax? If I were a college professor I'd ask the writer to rewrite it and submit again.

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Didn't like it... Thumbs down. It was to slow.

Struggled with it could not finish . I guess I wasted a free book this month.

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Language

Intensely Dislike four-letter foul language which I unfortunately heard with on the first one minute.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 10-09-19

Must hear story!!!

A gutwrenching portrait of voilance against Mexican women who end up missing/dead. A goverment who closes their eyes and do not act on protecting them because often of their role and corruption.

Chapeau to Kate del Castillo who gives voice to all those missing women. It broke me when she read the names of the victims.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-19

Exceptional Work

A true actress Kate del Castillo who narrated this piece so well.
I was very touch from every story told and outraged to know that this still happening !!.

This story should be told worldwide for awareness.

overall an exceptional work well done and thank you.