Highest-Risk Latino Youth Share the Stories, Struggles, and Triumphs of Chicano Leaders!
On April 22, 2016, the Chicano Legacy Project will present a Staged Reading of a student-written play based on the lives of Chicano leaders. This culminating staged reading event represents the work of the first year of a two-year project that provides highest-risk students in East L.A. the opportunity to create and co-produce a full production premiere. The full production premiere, set for the spring of 2017, is the first in the history of About…Productions’ Young Theaterworks program. The play is drawn from a rich archive of Chicano Legacy plays written by students over the past five years and is based on their interviews with Chicano leaders, including filmmaker Jesus Treviño, muralist Yreina Cervantes, poet Marisela Norte, and others. The Project’s current students are responding to these plays and creating new material that is being woven into one collective piece. The Staged Reading will be performed by professional actors and volunteering students.
WHAT: Chicano Legacy Project Staged Readings Performed by Professional Actors
WHEN: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Plaza de la Raza’s Margo Albert Theatre
3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
TICKETS: FREE and Open to the Public
The Chicano Legacy Project is an intergenerational arts education program produced by About…Productions which works to empower highest-risk Latino youth in East L.A. This theater-based program draws on inspiring Latina/o figures and the rich history of the Chicano
Movement of the 1960s and 70s to improve students’ literacy, communication, and collaboratio
skills and provide them with empowering artistic experiences.
All Chicano Legacy Project events are co-sponsored by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.
Lead Teaching Artist SAYDA TRUJILLO and a team of playwright mentors are heading up the two-year residency at Pueblo Continuation High School in Lincoln Heights. Trujillo’s three solo shows BANANA LEAVES, DEFINITELY OOPS, and I WAS RAISED MEXICAN have been presented nationally and internationally at theater houses including La Mama ETC, RedCAT, and New York Theater Workshop.
ABOUT…PRODUCTIONS was founded over 27 years ago, and creates original interdisciplinary theaterworks and educational programs that provoke new perspectives on history, humanity, and culture. The company is dedicated to collaboration to create artistic and community dialogue; and believes in the power of theater to enlighten audiences, celebrate the lives of seniors, and transform highest-risk youth. Now in its 16th successful year, About…Productions’ Young Theaterworks educational programming introduces youth to the importance of writing and the power of communication through artistic expression, honest dialogue, and live performance.
UCLA CHICANO STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER (CSRC), founded in 1969, has established a national reputation for cutting-edge “research that makes a difference” with respect to the growing Chicano and Latino populations in the United States. The CSRC houses the largest library and archival holdings in the U.S. on the Chicano/Latino population and its academic press publishes the premiere journal in the field, as well as award-winning books. The CSRC also organizes free public programs on-campus and in the community throughout the year, and it reaches an international audience through museum exhibitions and a strong social media presence. Current research projects focus on public health, education, law, economic security, media impact, and the arts. www.chicano.ucla.edu
This project is supported, in part, by funding from the Eastside Arts Initiative, Flourish Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs.