October 7, 2008
For immediate release
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is co-presenting with the Department of Feminist Studies and the MultiCultural Center the free presentation Teatro Chicana on Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 pm in the MultiCultural Center Lounge, UC Santa Barbara campus. Sandra Gutierrez and Kathy Requejo, two authors of the book entitled Teatro Chicana and performers from the Teatro Chicana historical movement in San Diego will give a historical context for their work, talk about their struggles as women within the movement, and read from a couple of the plays in the book. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Ana Castillo, author of The Guardians and So Far from God, says, “This collection of testimonials of early Xicanistas and their work in teatro is an important contribution to the preservation of the spirit and energy that made the Chicano Movement.”
The 1970s and 1980s saw the awakening of social awareness and political activism in Mexican-American communities. In San Diego, a group of Chicana women participated in a political theatre group whose plays addressed social, gender, and political issues of the working class and the Chicano Movement. Seventeen women who were a part of Teatro de las Chicanas (later known as Teatro Laboral and Teatro Raíces) come together in the book to share why they joined the theatre and how it transformed their lives. Teatro Chicana tells the story of this troupe through chapters featuring the history and present-day story of each of the main actors and writers, as well as excerpts from the group’s materials and seven of their original short scripts. The book’s foreward is written by UC Santa Barbara Professor of Chican@ Studies Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez.
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