In the land of Elflán, life and beauty flourish. We meet Adelita, an adventurous and curious young elf eager to find what lies beyond the horizon. When the evil spirit of La Mancha kidnaps her mother and destroys her home, Adelita is forced to travel north to the land of the Hadaseñas in hopes of being reunited with her again. Using fairy tales and mythological themes, Little Duende comments on real-world matters as it explores the border crisis, dual citizenship, and the consequences of a dark family secret.

Little Duende is partly inspired by the “Cuentos Para Dormir” project

led by Sophia Sobko and specifically the Dreamer Moms USA Tijuana A.C.

stories as follows


Mamá Luciérnaga Y Sus Estrellas                                       El Pequeño Elfo 

               Yolanda Varona Palacios                                         Emma Sánchez De Paulsen

Development History

Little Duende was developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center during the 2021 National Music Theatre Conference Directed by Melissa Crespo

Little Duende was also one of eight musicals featured in the 

2021 National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival

Directed by Rebecca Martinez


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