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El Teatro Campesino: Theater in the Chicano Movement

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Born in 1965 as an organizing tool within Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers union, El Teatro Campesino became the premier Chicana/o performance ensemble to emerge out of the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This pioneering work demythologizes and reinterprets the company's history from its origins in California's farm labor struggles to its successes in Europe and ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by University of Texas Press
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This is such an interesting book. First of all, Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez was not allowed to quote from any of her interview with Valdez or get permission to quote from Los Actos, because she would not let Valdez review and approve her work prior to publication. She critiques earlier academic discussions of El Teatro Campesino as emphasizing European over Mexican theatrical influences, focusing on Valdez at the exclusion of many other key players, and focusing on the texts when really the bodily ...more
Interesting history of the use of theater during the farm workers' strikes in California in the 1960s-70s. They used skits as a social justice movement and a way to educate and organize the farm workers.
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