In the polyglot Americas, leaning south:
a market of video arcades, old and new drugs,
Nescafé internet cafes, swift-changing political regimes,
Fluctuating currency, cheap sex for the tourist trade,
ex-bullrings turned into discos and hotels, white cars and bright
blue houses with peeling paint, fresh murals on ruined walls,
and a view of the limitless, dirty sea.
The Tropic of X, by Latinx playwright Caridad Svich, is the story of Maura and Mori, two street kid lovers and arcade freaks who live in a touristed wasteland at the end of the alphabet. Together with their friend Kiki, they take refuge: in each other, in taunting tourists, in the next distraction, and in the chase of a consumerist dream – a numbing high as they rage, seduce, and barter to survive the roaring tides of a place on the edge of collapse.