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May 20, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
320 S. Mission Dr.
They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They?
Saturday, May 20, 2017
As part of the three-week series,
The Latin Wave: Exploring Myth, Illusion and Cultural Appropriation
, the Mission Playhouse in partnership with About...Productions presents 'The Latin Wave' May 18th-May 21st. With scenes happening in and around the Playhouse, onstage and off, experience the Mission Playhouse in a unique way, through the site-specific staging of this original theatrework remounted by About…Productions for The Latin Wave event series. The participatory play is loosely based upon About…Productions’ Producing Artistic Director Theresa Chavez’s family of Californios who settled in Los Angeles in 1771, ran the Ramirez Dance Studio opposite the Mission Playhouse, and performed in the original Mission Play.
Touted as “exquisite” by the Los Angeles Times in its original production in 2006, this immersive experience tells the story of a New York producer’s plot to make a silent movie of the fabled The Mission Play spotlighting the era when motion pictures first began to incorporate Latino history and culture into their storyline. Features live music from members of the LA-based, Grammy-winning, Chicano rock band Quetzal, with choreography by Francisco Martinez.
Melinna Bobadilla, Peter Howard, Rose Portillo, and Gilbert Saldivar. Writers: Theresa Chavez & Rose Portillo. Director: Theresa Chavez.
**PLEASE NOTE: In this play, you will be exploring the stunning Mission Playhouse, following the cast as they move throughout the beautiful theater and scenic grounds. Since you will be walking and standing for some parts of the performance, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes. If you have any mobility or access concerns, give us a call at (626) 308-2865. This event is not recommended for children 6 and under.
Tickets start at $30 (discounted tickets available for students & seniors 60+). To purchase tickets, visit missionplayhouse.org. Tickets may be subject to additional fees and charges. No refunds, exchanges, cancellations.
Before the play, visit a free exhibition of artifacts, photographs and costumes from the Playhouse archives and from historical organizations, exploring early LA and the Mexican American experience, curated by the UC Riverside Director of the Public History Program, Dr. Cathy Gudis, and PhD student Mayela Caro at the Playhouse’s Glass Room Gallery.
This event is produced in partnership with About…Productions and is part of the Mission Playhouse Community Engagement Program,Engage! This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council and by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.
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