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East L.A. Teens Interview Protesters of 1970 Chicano Moratorium

Youth write plays based on their interviews

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: January 20, 2012


East L.A. Teens Interview Protesters of 1970 Chicano Moratorium


Students from Monterey Continuation High School in East Los Angeles have written plays based on their interviews with four former participants of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium. They include organizer Rosalio Mu??oz (pictured), visual artist Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, film/tv director Jesus Trevi??o, and AFTRA director Consuelo Flores as part of About...Productions' Young Theaterworks program, THROUGH THE AGES.

A staged reading of the students' work, "2012 Meets 1970", will be performed by professional actors Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, 2012 at the Margo Albert Theater at Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N. Mission Rd. in Los Angeles.

In 1970, Chicano activists in East Los Angeles exercised their freedoms of speech, assembly and dissent to protest the Vietnam War and staged a peaceful demonstration. As with earlier Civil Rights Movement protests, the Chicano Moratorium met with societal and governmental violence, culminating in the killing of Los Angeles Times journalist Ruben Salazar. Much of the general public is unaware of this chapter of American history.

"I'm thrilled that AboutProductions has presented our students with a program where they are obligated to think, speak, explore, ponder and create," said Doug Franklin, Monterey High School principal. "I think we've ignited some real passion."

THROUGH THE AGES is a cross-generational program that builds literacy as it helps students and elders transcend generational divides. In this project, students recreate an historical moment of national significance that took place in their neighborhood. Many of the individuals who participated in the Chicano Moratorium, including the subjects of the student interviews, went on to successful careers in politics, the arts and academia.

WHAT: Staged Readings of "2012 Meets 1970" written by participants in About...Productions' Young Theaterworks program, THROUGH THE AGES. WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m., and Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., 2012
WHERE: Margo Albert Theater at Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N. Mission Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90031 COST: FREE Public Event

THROUGH THE AGES participants will introduce their works and professional actors will perform the plays alongside select student volunteers. A facilitated discussion will follow the readings and give the audience an opportunity to respond to the young people's work, ask the interviewees questions and speak more directly to the young authors about the challenges in making history come alive through playwriting.

Photo by Theresa Chavez, Artistic Director, About Productions

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