This acclaimed About Productions’ theaterwork inventively explored 1920s Los Angeles when the “Latin” cultural landscape was ripe for export by west coast playwrights and east coast filmmakers. They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They? included an ensemble cast of actors, dancers, and musicians who, along with original and vintage film, brought to life this early period in Los Angeles history.
The original theaterwork spotlights the era 1910-1932 when motion pictures first began to incorporate Latino history and culture into their storylines. It was also an era when California as a place was imagined through pageants including The Mission Play, a Southern California institution, that promoted the region for over 35 years, drawing an audience of over 2.5 million. They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They? is also loosely based upon About…Productions’ Founding Artistic Director Theresa Chavez’s family of Californios who settled in Los Angeles in 1771, ran the Ramirez Dance Studio, and performed in The Mission Play.
“… exquisite live music…sinuous dances, and gorgeous lighting…”
–Los Angeles Times, 4/15/05
“The mixed-media approach to the material is quite entertaining… “
–Back Stage West, 4/14/05
Sunday, May 7 – Sunday, May 21 , 2017
The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse and About…Productions present The Latin Wave.
Now running for most of May, this fascinating series takes a look at the treatment of Latino culture in the mainstream media from Hollywood’s beginnings and beyond. Join us for theatre, dance, live music, exhibits, movies and lively conversation!
Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21, (Thurs & Fri at 8pm, Sat at 3pm & 8pm, Sun at 3pm & 7pm)
They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They, is a special immersive theatre experience featuring live music from LA Grammy winning members of the band Quetzal. Experience the Playhouse in a whole new way in this site-specific performance that tells the story of a New York producer aiming to make a movie of the fabled Mission Play.
“They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They? is supported in part 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.”