BORDERLANDS THEATER PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: EVA TESSLER 5/23/14
Staged Reading of “Mas”
Borderlands Theater presents a work-in-progress of Milta Ortiz’s
docu-theatre play about the controversial banning of Ethnic Studies in TUSD.
A play by Milta Ortiz
WHEN: Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, South Tucson.
COST: Pay What You Can.
INFO: Email: email@example.com
Phone: (520) 882-7406.
(May 23, 2014) Tucson, AZ – The state law banning Ethnic Studies classes in the Tucson Unified School District has generated countless news reports, a documentary film and now a play. Since last August, the creative team of playwright, Milta Ortiz, and director, Marc David Pinate, has generated over 450 pages of interview transcripts from former students, teachers, school board members, academics, lawyers and others intimately connected to outlawed Mexican American Studies program at TUSD. Interviews were turned into a dramatic script following in the style of docu-theatre works like The Laramie Project by Tectonic Theatre, and Twilight Los Angeles by Anna Deavere Smith.
June’s staged reading is an opportunity for the play’s creators to test out the interdisciplinary elements of the project which include Aztec masks by award-winning mask maker, Zarco Guerrero; choreography by Yvonne Montoya of Tucson’s Safos Dance Company, and live music by fusion band, Astral Folk. Ricardo Salinas, from the nationally renown performance troupe, Culture Clash, is the dramaturg on the project and will be in Tucson for rehearsals and performances.
Mas was commissioned by Borderlands Theater after being awarded a one year residency from the National New Play Network. The project has also received a Research and Development grant with Distinguished Merit from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
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