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Performances

Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido

by Elisa Gonzales
A workshop production presented in partnership with Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble (www.breathoffire.org). 
Made possible in part by a University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Research Grant /Healey Endowment Grant.
Directed by Sara Guerrero
Musical arrangement and composition by Moises Vázquez

April 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at 2 p.m.
In the Rand Theater, located in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts at UMass

Tickets for the full spring production of this play are $15 general admission, $5 youth, students, and seniors, and can be purchased in advance online at the Fine Arts Center Box Office or by calling 1-413-545-2511.

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Inspired by the classic structure of a corrido, a traditional Mexican song style that draws on storytelling, folklore, and oral history, Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido, is a new, musically-driven, theatrical re-imagining of the many untold stories of the Mexican Repatriation of the Great Depression, where over one million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were illegally and unconstitutionally deported, or repatriated to Mexico. In this workshop production, we see the Repatriation and its effects unfold through the eyes of four women, including the playwright’s grandmother and great-grandmother, who were repatriated to Mexico in 1931, the effects of which still echo through the Mexican-American community today.

Content advisory: Use of racial slurs, and discussion of a child’s death

 


A reading of this play was presented over Zoom on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.
Program information for the Zoom reading:

Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido

By Elisa Gonzales
Music by Moises Vázquez
Directed by Sara Guerrero
Dramaturg: Dr. Priscilla Page
Assistant Dramaturg: Pedro Eler De Carvalho Eiras
Virtual Front of House Manager: Anna-Maria Goossens
Virtual Ushers: Tess Beckwith and Riley Gregoire  

Cast (in order of appearance)  
Stage Directions/Voice of Pedro J. Gonzalez: Jr. Moreno
Elisa/Ensemble: Aleah Tarjick
La Corridista/Ensemble: Carolyn Parker-Fairbain
Paula/Ensemble: Sara Guerrero
Young Celia: Citlalli Sanchez
Older Celia/Ensemble: Kimberlee Perez
Song Demos: Moises Vázquez and Shanelle Darlene

Presented in partnership with Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble (www.breathoffire.org). Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble is a NETWORK OF ENSEMBLE THEATERS NET/TEN Virtual Exploration Grant Recipient and funding from this grant supports the ensemble's online participation in the UMass virtual reading.

Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido, is generously supported by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Research Grant / Healey Endowment Grants.

Hosted by Latinx American Cultural Center (LACC), the UMass Department of Theater, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, and the UMass Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success