From: Marc Pinate [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:01 PM
Subject: Barrio Monologues Press Release
BORDERLANDS THEATER PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Milta Ortiz 4/23/15
(510) 853-1199 mobile
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Unearthing Histories in Barrio Monologues:
Youth perform dramatic readings of Tucson's Hispanic Heritage
Borderlands Theater presents an afternoon of dramatic readings of monologues, with an introduction by Dr. Lydia Otero. Pan dulce and refreshments provided. Students from Trio Upward Bound Program at Pima's Desert Vista campus will perform monologues, shaped from interview transcriptions of former inhabitants of Tucson's oldest barrio, sometimes known as Barrio Libre or La Calle, neighboring El Hoyo. This event marks the end of phase 1 of the Barrio Stories Project. This performance is the culmination of a college credit course, Theatricalizing Oral Histories, where students interviewed primary informants with the assistance of an Anthropologist from the University of Arizona's Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. Students worked in Anna Deveare Smith's style of docu-drama theatre, where writer performers take on the personas of the people they interviewed. One of the goals of the class, taught by Milta Ortiz, is as Ana Deveare Smith says, "to take that broad leap into the other." By taking on someone's words and becoming them, we learn much about the other and ourselves, and in this case, uncover lost history.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
The event will take place on the Tucson Convention Center grounds at the Sosa-Carillo-Fremont House in an effort to pay homage to the old Barrio. Most of the rediscovered history of the old Barrio takes place in an around the area between Main and Congress, making the Sosa-Carillo-Fremont House a prime location for the event. The Arizona Historical Society is proud to collaborate on this project to celebrate Tucson history and its cultural roots.
MORE ON THE BARRIO STORIES PROJECT
Led by new Producing Director, Marc David Pinate and funded by the MetLife Foundation, administered by Theatre Communications Group, and the Arizona Humanities, the Barrio Stories Project will utilize cross-sector partnerships to collect oral histories from the residents of Tucson's historic barrios. These narratives will be theatricalized and performed in sight-specific locations. The first iteration of the initiative will focus on Barrio Libre, Tucson's original Mexican-American enclave that was demolished with the construction of the Tucson Convention Center. Pinate hopes to enlist the cooperation of the city and perform the work on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center with promenade style staging. The play will open in March 2016 as part of Borderlands' 30th anniversary season.
Dr. Lydia Otero, a historian and author of the book, La Calle (University of Arizona Press), which chronicles the history of Barrio Libre and its ultimate displacement, has signed on as a project consultant. In Phase 1, Borderlands will engage high school juniors and seniors in the Trio Upward Bound Program in partnership with the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona to collect oral histories from surviving residents of Barrio Libre. Borderlands Theater is working with Pima College to offer participating youth college credit for their efforts. The inter-generational passing down of collective memory from elders to youth is a key component of the project. In Phase 2, the full interview transcripts will be sent to three nationally recognized playwrights to turn into a play script. Award winning writers, Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise and Martín Zimmerman, have been confirmed.
Saturday May 16th, 2015
Barrio Monologues Event location:
Sosa-Carillo-Fremont House Museum
151 South Granada Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701
4pm- 5pm dramatic readings of monologues with introduction by Dr. Lydia Otero.
5pm-6pm pan dulce and refreshments will be served.
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