“La Playita” or The Little Beach, is not located by the Caribbean Sea, however, it is full of coastal people; The Little Beach is a mini-mall (6 commercial spaces surrounding a small central square) located in the faraway and cold “refrigerator” city of Bogota: the capital. Bogota is a cold city on top of the mountains, at 2600 meters above the sea level and more than 2000 kilometers from the Caribbean coast. As any habitant from the coast would say: “it´s too far and too cold”. The Coastal colony lives in a neighborhood close to The Little Beach; they arrived at this extremely distant city and took over the place.
CREATOR: JUAN MANUEL CÁCERES NIÑO
ASSOCIATE CREATIVE: HECTOR ALJANDRO MONCADA
DIRECTOR: CONSUELO GONZÁLES CUÉLLAR
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: CARLOS ALBERTO “BETO” RAMÍREZ
ORIGINAL MUSIC: JUAN GABRIEL TURBAY
ART DIRECTOR: GERMAN LOSADA
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: JORGE BASTO
DIRECTOR OF POST-PRODUCTION: SILVIA AYALA
MAKE UP DESIGN: CLARA INÉS CUBILLOS
COSTUME DESIGN: MARCIA VARGAS
DESIGN OF SCENERY: LILIANA CORTÉS, CAROLINA GÓMEZ
PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE: MIRIAM GÓMEZ ARIZA
SCRIPTS AND GENERAL PRODUCTION: JUAN MANUEL CACERES NIÑO – HECTOR ALEJANDRO MONCADA
DURATION: 147 x 30" (1st: 104 and 2nd: 43)
A capital retired professor. He is an intolerant neighbor of the mall and lives in the same building where the coastal people are. He wants all those tacky people far away from the neighborhood. According to him, his place was a decent place before the “coastal plague” arrived. He complains all the time: he calls the Police because the music is too loud, because he doesn´t like the clientele, and he writes memos and infructuous petitions to get those people out.
He is the incarnation of all the defects that capital people are accused of: pretentious, hypocritical, flatterer and opportunist. He is a flirt, he thinks he is irresistible and is the monument to infidelity. He is the boss of the money transfer office at La Playita where Soledad works.
She is Alexis´s sister. She is one of those rough Guajira women who opened her business next to her brother: a store where she sells clothes brought from “Maicao and Panama”. She has a strong character.
Alexis came from La Guajira to Bogota looking for opportunities to show his art in a beauty salon and escape from the coastal discrimination against gay people. After working really hard, he has been able to settle in the city and he has slowly established a clientele made of coastal and capital people, among which we can find some celebrities who give faith of Alexis´s “good hand”. Ever since he met Juan Andres, “the capital boy”, he has been completely in love with him.
He comes from Cartagena. He is the tackiest and most ordinary habitant of the Heroic City. He talks too much and is lazy. He is the general services employee of the mall and there, he lets us see his very coastal way of working and seeing life. Carmelo is very far away from his dear Caribbean coast because he thinks that the capital offers more opportunities; his secret plan is to find a “capital city veteran woman” that will financially support him and give him a good life.
He is a Law student from Santa Marta who plays the box for Vallenato music and the Millo flute; he is the most handsome and charming Caribbean stud, the man with the frank eyes and honest smile, chatty, the most loving poem composer, professional partier and a loyal daily client of La Playita.
Good looking, charming man from the capital; he can´t stand coastal men but paradoxically he “loves coastal women” and since “it never rains but it pours” he ends up owning a mall full of coastal people working there. He is completely mesmerized by Soledad when he sees her, even though the Caribbean people from the mall see him as a harsh, stiff and ceremonious man. He thinks he has a perfect life, however, these people will show him that there is a more fun, relaxed and human way of facing life.
She is the most Caribbean of all the Caribbean people: joyful and hardworking, she arrives from her dear Barranquilla determined to conquer the cold capital city. She wants to prove that she can survive without anybody´s help; she is escaping from the male chauvinism in her family and from her ex-boyfriend who cheated during the Barranquilla Carnivals after proposing to her. Soledad doesn´t want to know anything about love or men. However, as soon as she arrives in Bogota, she runs into Amaury´s gallantry, a charming and chatty man from Santa Marta who is going to Law school in Bogota and is smitten with her. Besides this, one day after arriving at the city, she runs into Juan Andres, the man from the capital who she met in Barranquilla and who finds a job for her in the money transfer and mail services office located in the mall; she convinces him not to kick out the coastal people from the place. Soledad feels an obvious attraction for the man and realizes that the “chemistry” goes both ways.