There's No Place Like Home

ChUSMA's Wizard of Aztlan at the Azteca Theatre, November 5 & 12

Published on LatinoLA: October 26, 2005

There's No Place Like Home

The Wizard Of Aztlan, written by ChUSMA, is a play about characters who go on an introspective journey, along the way there is much wacky humor, political satire and much more.

Martin Hernandez of the LA Weekly describes it as such: ?When Latin American revolutionary Conciencia doubts herself and her commitment, she begins a pilgrimage north to meet Aztlan's wizard, the Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl. Along with her newfound comrades, the disgruntled landless farmer, disillusioned union organizer, and disreputable migrant smuggler, Conciencia challenges the wicked general 'El Ouch,' NAFTA, the INS, and American economic and cultural imperialism. In true Zapatista fashion, Conciencia eventually brings her struggle for truth, justice, and the indigenous way back to her own community, putting a whole new pin on Dorothy's original recognition that 'There's no place like home.'

The theatrical trio ChUSMA has been together since 1995. They have toured their original work throughout the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Wyoming, Illinois, New Mexico, Idaho, Chicago and Wisconsin. Internationally ChUSMA has presented their material in Mexico City and Oventic, Chiapas, Mexico.

The Latino Initiative at the Mark Taper Forum commissioned ChUSMA to write its play The Wizard of Aztlan, thereafter they held a reading with the Latino Initiative at the Falcon Theatre. In 2002 the play was chosen for a production out of a national search for new plays by Teatro Humanidad of Texas. ChUSMA was invited to Texas by Teatro Humanidad not only to be witness to the first production of The Wizard of Aztlan, but as the writers they were to be the honored guests at a discussion panel of their play.

In March of 2004, ChUSMA produced The Wizard of Aztlan at the Performing Arts Center at California State University Northridge, they were sponsored by E.O.P, the Humanities Department and SPACE a campus organization. More recently an excerpt (2 scenes) of ?The Wizard??were published in, ?Sounds of Anahuac, An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing.? QUETZAL is creating the original soundtrack for the play.

When: Saturday, November 5 & 12 @ 8pm,
Sunday, November 6 & 13 @ 4pm
Where: Azteca Theatre, 214 N. Maclay St. in The City of San Fernando.
Price: Presale: General $15, Seniors and Students with I.D. $11
At the door $20 General, Seniors and Students with I.D. $15
Buy tickets on line @ www. Chusma.com
More info: ChusmaChusma@aol.com
Voice mail: (818)429-6083

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