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Spectator - Sephardia Secrets


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/spectator_sephardia_secrets_20050708

Elaine Romero experienced "a cool fusion of art and life" when she wrote the play "Secret Things." The play tells the story of Delia, a Latino journalist, who goes to New Mexico to investigate the origins of an anonymous package she received postmarked from there containing articles about Crypto-Jews (that is, descendants of the "Marrano" Jews of the Spanish Inquisition, who openly practiced Catholicism but conducted Jewish rituals in secret to escape persecution). In New Mexico, Delia finds herself mysteriously drawn to the world of Crypto-Jews, and reluctantly comes to terms with her own Crypto-Jewish roots. When Romero, also a Latino, was writing the play, the same thing happened.

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