“JOSE EL CUBANAZO”
Treatment by Nicolás E. Chávez Manduley.
P.O. BOX 144620
CORAL GABLES, FL. 33114-4620
The love story of a young Cuban couple swept by historical circumstances, which they face with a determination that could only come from true love. Their deep attachment to principles prevails against the encroaching negative forces of a dark eminence that confronts them.
JOSÉ MÉNDEZ, 35, tall, handsome, athletic, blue-eyed, fair-haired, wears a light blue shirt, blue blazer, white pants and blue loafers. He sports a gold chain and religious medal, a watch and a ring. José returns to his country, on a mission planned by the CIA to rescue his father, Pepín, who was fighting against the new Communist sytem introduced in Cuba after the Castro brothers, their followers and henchmen, took over the Cuban Revolution in a coup d’état. José, trained by US intelligence services, fights in Cuba not only to save his father, but also to help other CIA plans. While protecting his father’s retreat in combat, José is seriously wounded, but survives with the help of his buddies and a doctor who operates on him to save his life. When false documents are provided by the underground, his long and eventful stay among the enemy leads to an affair with a beautiful state agent who, unaware of his true identity, fell in love with him and together they have a daughter. Afterwards, having shown his capabilities and graduating as a civil engineer, José is sent with a military unit to the war in Ethiopia, because the regime has mistaken him for one of their own. There, combat circumstances place him in a life or death situation and he risks his life to save Hellen, a British journalist, from certain death. In the time they spend together, she falls in love for him, and once again a child is the result of the union. Upon his return to Miami, after an absence of several years, José resolves to meet again with Esther, his true love. He approaches the reunification he yearns for with uncertainty as to whether she still loves him or not.
ESTHER, slim, exceptionally beautiful, white skin, large and expressive brown eyes, well-kept chestnut hair. Her beautiful and shapely legs are well highlighted by her dress; red skirt, light pink lace-trimmed blouse. After the departure of José, her only love, she devotes her time to waiting for him, while rearing their twins. In the meantime, she remains convinced that her expectations for José will be rewarded by his return.
BERNARDO BUSTAMANTE, 60, elegant, tall and well educated; white, with chestnut-graying hair. Always analytical and critical of the changes produced by the so-called Cuban Revolution, he leaves to an exile where he expresses a logical democratic support for those who arrive, escaping the crimes of the self-proclaimed saviours of the people, that in turn have become the executioners.
MANUEL MONTERO, 60, fair-haired, blue-eyed farmer, over six feet tall. Manuel, like most of his fellow countrymen trusted the revolution in the fifties, but now suffers the consequences of his error, and feels swindled by those who corrupted and betrayed the real revolution, the one fought by the gallant, intelligent and capable youth of professional, hard-working middle classmen.
LOCURA (Madness), an allegory of Cuba. A beautiful, young, insane woman dressed in tatters. She wears the pattern of the Cuban flag, but in red and black; the stripes and the Phrygian cap in red, and a black star. She reappears, singing and jumping around:
They don’t know, don’t know me, they’re innocent!
They don’t know, don’t know me, they’re innocent!
Don’t know me and praise me and call me!
They take me for my sister, the other one,
Ha, haa, haaa!!! WISDOM! Nuts!!!
Ha, haa, haaa!!! Ha, haa, haaa!!! Ha, haa, haaa!!!
And they don’t know that she left with another
sister: WEALTH!!! Ha, haa, haaa!!!
JACINTO BUSTAMANTE, Esther’s brother, tall, white, very strong, chestnut hair, handsome, manly and courageous. Early on, he decides to take up arms and fight those who are looting the country under the guise of revolutionary laws, and share nothing at all with the true aspirations of the nation. Jacinto is captured, tried in a denigrating and illegal manner and sentenced to the firing squad. A Black man, Jacinto’s personal friend and comrade-in-arms dies when the enemy burns the sugar cane fields where he hid, and watch him burn to a crisp.
MARIA MAGDALENA, Jacinto’s wife, a very beautiful woman, tanned, golden hair and very atractive Nordic blue eyes. Deeply in love with her husband, she falls prey to an attempt of sexual extorsion by Tachao, a villain who had secretly longed for her, although he was a friend of Jacinto. He involves her in an alienating adventure, that she eventually overcomes with the help of Juana Domínguez, a woman friend who protects and defends her from Tachao’s evil machinations. Juana manages to undo Tachao’s scheme, cutting through his secret connections and powers, to save María Magdalena and eventually Tachao is convicted and jailed.
RESNIER LOPEZ, a.k.a. Tachao, is a physically strong inadequate dork. Not ugly, just unpleasant. He despises women. A fair weather friend of Jacinto Bustamante, who deep inside covets his friend’s wife, in a manner that nobody notices his intentions. By taking advantage of the power he has acquired in the revolution’s turmoil, he resorts to pressuring his friend’s wife into submitting to his desires, by creating misfortunes that she eventually overcomes. The ploy, however, backfires and he ends up serving a long prison sentence, after the suspense leading to the dénouement.
PEPÍN MÉNDEZ, José’s father. He fought in the Revolution, as part of the Sierra Maestra guerrillas, but realizing that they were being used by a diabolic mind bent on planting hate for each other among those that served and supported the cause, Pepín waits for an opportunity to break away from the malignant plan and later joins the struggle against it persistently.
SABIDURIA (Wisdom), and her sister RIQUEZA (Wealth). Also dressed like a Cuban flag, but with the blue stripes, and the star on the Phrygian cap switched to gold. They keep an eye on José’s sons, as well as other Cubans and friends enjoying the happiness and wellbeing that comes from wealth, alongside the achievement of knowing that finally the motherland is free and sovereign.