Dramatis Personae


Characters in the Musical adaptation:

EDWARD NELSON, an eminent American scientist and ornithologist

VERY USEFUL, his Mexican servant

DIEGO CLEMENTE, Nelson’s young assistant, a young artist newly arrived from Seville

ROBERTO DUARTE, the owner of a failing bookstore and henequen plantation near ruin

SOFIA, his beautiful daughter and free-spirited daughter, a young woman who challenges convention

GABRIELA, his wife

AUNT MARTA, Gabriela’s sister, a spinster

ROSITA, a servant in the Duarte household, Sofia’s friend and confidante

DON VICTOR BLANCO TORRES, an immensely wealthy plantation owner

CARLOS, their son, a dandy

DON FRANCISCO, a business associate of Don Victor

LOLA FERNANDEZ, a rebel leader


The action takes place in and around Mérida (in the Yucatán Peninsula), in 1909 – the eve of the Mexican revolution