KPCC’s Off-Ramp Feature

Reckon with L.A.'s Spanish Fantasy Past with 'They Shoot Mexican's Don't They?'

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Theresa Chavez, director and co-writer of the play "They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They?"

BONUS: You think you're a longtime Angeleno? Theresa Chavez's family came here in 1771!"They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They?" is about whitewashing Mexican culture in California by emphasizing the Spanish influences, and one way that happened in the early 1900's was the "The Mission Play." It lasted 3 hours and romanticized the role of missionaries here, and was seen by over 2 million people. So many that the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse was built just to put it on. So it stands to reason it's the perfect setting to put on immersive version of "They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They?" where audiences are led through the theater along with the performers to have a unique experience envisioning the problematic imagining California's Spanish fantasy past. "They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They?" runs Thursday May 18 through Sunday May 21 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. Click here for tickets. CLICK HERE TO GO TO SITE

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