Time for Chocolate brings to life the arts of ancient Mexico through what was known as “flower song” – poetic composition, recitation, and movement. Based on the record of a late 15th-century gathering hosted by the lord of Huejotzingo, the play highlights the consumption of chocolate during an evening of metaphysical debates enhanced by rhetorical flourishes. To escape from conflict between father and son, husband and wife, and even among city-states overtaken by the Aztecs, the ritual and craft of flower song offer Stone Creek, his family and his friends the ideal of an artistic and spiritual transcendence.
This will be the first fully-staged production of TU Professor of Spanish and Comparative Lierature Bruce Dean Willis’ play, after a standing-room-only workshop presentation in 2016. HTC Playwright-in-Residence David Blakely will direct, with choreography from Shadia Dahlal.