CSUSM Presents Actos by Luis Valdez, Father of Chicano Theatre


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California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Visual and Performing Arts will perform a six-night production of Actos, a series of short plays written by internationally-renowned activist, playwright, and ‘father of Chicano theatre' Luis Valdez. Performances will begin nightly at 7 p.m. on November 11-13 and 17-19 in Arts 111.

Intertwining humor, satire, and poignant drama to address the struggles of farmworkers, Actos features three of Valdez's short plays: Las dos Caras del Patroncito, The Militants, and Los Vendidos. The collection of satirical performances deals with the abuse that Mexican-Americans have suffered as farmworkers and the psychological trauma resulting from a legacy of colonization and the resulting struggles with identity.

"Given the mounting anti-immigrant propaganda now being felt by many of Hispanic descent, this is a great time to bring theatre of consciousness to the public," said Marcos Martinez, professor of Visual & Performing Arts at CSUSM. "As the premier educational institution in North County, Cal State San Marcos is taking the lead in offering theatre that speaks to issues affecting our community and our region."

Born in 1940, Valdez is the founder of the El Teatro Campesino in California and is revered to be the father of Chicano theater. In 1965, he joined César Chávez in his effort to educate and organize farmworkers into a viable union, where Valdez wrote and performed brief satirical sketches relevant to the civil rights struggles of migrants. Later termed as actos, these 10 to 15 minute sketches deliver powerful social or political messages and frequently infuse humor to attack the opposition. In 1971, Valdez published his book Actos, a collection of the best sketches written and acted by his troupe.

Actos will be performed in English with some bilingualism. Tickets are $10 for general admission, or $5 for students with ID. For more information or for advanced reservations, call (760) 750-4137.

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About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.