A Shared History Between Latinos and Africans

CASA 0101 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with "Thy Kingdom Come"

Published on LatinoLA: September 30, 2009

A Shared History Between Latinos and Africans

In commemoration of Latino Heritage Month CASA 0101 presents Thy Kingdom Come, directed by award-winning writer and director Elizabeth Otero, is a play that dramatizes slavery in colonial Mexico, in the Village of Yanga, the first free town in the Americas.?á The compelling story involves a slave that has been forced to care for the children of his slave owners after their death.

Thy Kingdom Come will?áclose this weekend with performance running on Friday, October?á2nd ÔÇô Sunday, October 4 2009, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.?á Tickets are $20 general admission.?á Visit http://www.casa0101.org or call 323-263-7684 for ticket information.

Reebok International Human Rights Award Nominee and playwright Jarad Sanchez set out to create an innovative play that would bring to light the African contribution to Latino history. Playwright Sanchez has been a tireless advocate in education for years.?á He has been honored on several occasions for his efforts on behalf of underrepresented students in California's public schools.?áThis is his first play.?á?á?á

"Contrary to what we hear today, Africans and Latinos have a very long history of cooperation," Sanchez explained.?á The fact that the first free town in the America's was in southern Mexico is a bit of history that sadly is never taught in America's schools."

In the age of President Obama and Sonia Sotomayor we see our country is becoming much more inclusive.?á We want to remind people of every color what is possible when we work together," Sanchez added.?á

CASA 0101 will feature a number of guest lecturers from across California to discuss the combined contribution in Latino history with the theater audiences.?á Confirmed lecturers so far include:

Oscar Garza, Former Editor of Tu Ciudad
Dr. Carlos Mu??oz Jr., UC Berkeley
Dr. Lisa Sousa, Occidental University
Dr. Gonzalo Santos, CSU Bakersfield
Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos Sr., CSU Long Beach and board preseident, Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles

CASA 0101 was founded by screenwriter, playwright and author Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves, Hungry woman in Paris)?á She grew up in Boyle Heights and created a vision to bring live theater and her educational and cultural experiences to the predominantly Spanish-speaking immigrant community of Boyle Heights. CASA 0101 is located at 2009 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033.?á CASA 0101 is a non-profit 501C3

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