Tita, described as a viejita (a little old lady), enters the stage and addresses the audience directly, asking them how they are and if they have any gossip. She complains that in the United States, everyone is so careful with their gossip; back home in Mexico, she could ask anyone on the street about anything and get a candid response. She tells them briefly of her history, describing how as a child she was sold to Medea’s parents, and became her servant. She loves Medea dearly, but complains about Medea’s husband, Hason, who convinced them all to leave Mexico and come to Los Angeles. Medea is a talented seamstress, and now she and Tita run a veritable factory out of their backyard with Medea sewing day and night. Tita is interrupted by the arrival of Hason.
Hason is on his cell phone, discussing a construction job with his employer. Like Medea, he works illegally and is paid under the table, but Medea notices that he has a new pair of shoes. He tells her that his
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