Don’t miss out on the opportunity to check out three different pieces from three different plays written by the father of Chicano theater in the United States – Luis Valdez.
Most known for the play Zoot Suit and the movie La Bamba, Valdez is a successful California playwrite. Scenes from three other Valdez plays will be performed on Dec. 1 at the Little Theater located in the Speech Bbuilding at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The three scenes are “La Conquista de Mexico”, “Los Vendidos” and “Soldado Razo.” Each has a different styles on how to approach and the performance.
Director Dr. Patrick Faherty has been waiting for the right opportunity to perform these plays. “I’ve known about these pieces for decades and have always wanted to do them. This semester I wanted to do something that wasn’t so elaborate and these presented a very good chance for me to do so,” said Faherty.
About half of the cast taking the stage on Thursday will be performing for their very first time on campus. The other half of the cast makes up for the experience.
“I have a core of actors or the veterans in the show who are really helping me. The students are doing a lot of the work going above and beyond what you would normally expect the actors to be doing,”Faherty said.
One of the veterans is senior Luis Aguilar, who has been inmore than seven different plays during his years at TAMUK. With Valdez being a strong representative of the Chicano community Aguilar stated, “It is a really good thing to represent the Chicano culture on stage. We try and connect our shows with the community and most of our community is Chicano or Latino in our community.”
Be sure to check out a “Night of Scenes” by Luis Valdez at the one and only performance of the show Dec. 1 at 7:30p.m in the Little Theater inside of the Speech Building.