By Silviana Wood,Norma Elia Cantú,Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz
Barrio Dreams is the 1st booklet to assemble the paintings of 1 of Arizona’s optimal teatristas, playwright Silviana wooden. in the course of her decades-long involvement in theater, wooden solid a name as a playwright, actor, director, and activist. Her works shape a testimonio of Chicana lifestyles, steeped in artwork, politics, and the borderlands. Wood’s performs problem, query, and incite ladies to contemplate their lot in existence. She ruptures stereotypes and increases know-how of social matters through humor and with an emphasis at the use of the actual physique on stage.
The play Una vez, en un barrio de sueños . . . bargains a glimpse into prevalent terrain—the barrio and its dwellers—in 3 actos. In Amor de hija, a fraught mother-daughter dating in modern working-class Arizona is dealt an extra blow because the relations faces Alzheimer’s affliction. within the tragedy A Drunkard’s story of Melted Wings and Memories, and within the trilingual (Spanish, English, and Yaqui) tragicomedy Yo, Casimiro Flores, characters love, reside, die, trip via time and house, and stopover at the afterlife. And in Anhelos por Oaxaca, a grandfather travels again in time via flashbacks, as he and his grandson go back and forth via homelands from Arizona to Oaxaca.
Part of Wood’s genius is the way in which she portrays existence in what Gloria Anzaldúa referred to as “el mundo zurdo,” that house inhabited by way of the folk of colour, the bad, the feminine, and the outsiders. it's a position for the atravesados, the ordinary, the several, those that don't healthy the mainstream. the folk who inhabit Wood’s performs are universal folk—janitors, moms, grandmothers, and teenagers—hardworking those that, in a single approach or one other, have made their method in existence and who include lifestyles within the barrio.
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Through the introduction of Chicano teatro, dozens of teams sprang up around the nation in Chicano/a groups. for the reason that then, teatristas were prime voices within the construction and creation of performs touching minds and hearts that provoke audiences to motion. Barrio desires is the 1st booklet to gather the paintings of 1 of Arizona’s most excellent teatristas, playwright Silviana wooden.
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Barrio Dreams: Selected Plays (Camino del Sol) by Silviana Wood,Norma Elia Cantú,Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz