Calafía: A Musical Reimagining
Book, Music & Lyrics by Min Kahng
Based on The Adventures of Esplandian by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo
Developed in 2016 at Playwrights Foundation as part of the Resident Playwrights Initiative.
The mythical island of California was said to be ruled over by Queen Calafía - a black, Amazonian, warrior queen who led her people into an epic battle in a foreign land. In my stage adaptation, I hope to breathe life into this fascinating-but-obscure figure and examine what it means for an isolated society to decide to venture beyond its borders into the rest of the world.
Calafía is still in its early stages of development. In May 2016, an experimental sound and vocal workshop was conducted at Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco. For updates on the next phase of progress for this project, please sign up for my monthly newsletter.