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Alt Title(s): Paths to paradise
Collection Title(s): Teatro Jornalero collection
Location: Performed at the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, Calif., USA, in January 2009.
Synopsis: ‘Caminos al Paraíso’ (Paths to Paradise) is a story in three parts. It narrates all the adrenaline, fear, and insecurities experienced by immigrants when traveling from Mexico to the U.S.A. They are victims of the greed and violence from people who impose undignified and humiliating acts on them. These victimizers are different organized gangs; the ‘coyotes’ who take undocumented emigrants across...
Alt Title(s): Dancing with Homeland Security
Collection Title(s): Teatro Jornalero collection
Location: Performed at the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, Calif., USA, in January 2009.
Synopsis: ‘Bailando con La Migra’ (Dancing with Homeland Security) is a tragicomic, educative, and reflexive play about immigrants, whose luck can change from one minute to the next when searching for work, waiting for the bus, or taking their kids to school. Their lives are marked by the threat of being arrested by Homeland Security, the laws that poorly defend the immigrants, and the lack of proper knowl...
Alt Title(s): Modern slavery
Collection Title(s): Teatro Jornalero collection
Location: Performed at the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, Calif., USA, in November 2008.
Synopsis: In 'Esclavitud Moderna' (Modern Slavery), a Hispanic man and a woman, husband and wife, are rushing to get to their job, which is ran by an older white man. The wife is hired to clean offices and household, whereas the husband is hired to clean yards as a gardener. The boss assigns the husband to go out and clean the yard so that he can stay at the office with the wife to stare at her body as she...
Alt Title(s): Health
Collection Title(s): Teatro Jornalero collection
Location: Performed at the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, Calif., USA, in December 2008.
Synopsis: Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras /Day Laborers Theater Without Borders (TJSF) is a Los Angeles-based ensemble theater company comprised of day laborers. Founded in 2008 by Cornerstone Theater Company in conjunction with the National Day Labor Organizing Network, their mission is to improve the lives of day laborers by creating plays by and for the day labor community. Responding to an often degradi...
Alt Title(s): Chemicals
Collection Title(s): Teatro Jornalero collection
Location: Performed at the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, Calif., USA, in January 2009.
Synopsis: ‘Químicos’ (Chemicals) is a story in three parts. The first part recreates how day laborers are hired on the streets to do dangerous work, where they will use toxic chemicals and will not use proper equipment for protection. The second part describes the dangerous conditions in which day laborers work, and the difficulty they have in seeking professional health physicians when they are ill. The t...
Alt Title(s): Demolition
Collection Title(s): Teatro Jornalero collection
Location: Performed at the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, Calif., USA, in January 2009.
Synopsis: ‘Demolición’ (Demolition) is a play about a group of day laborers hired to demolish a house that needs various repairs. Since these workers hardly speak any English to understand the address and instructions given to them, they search for someone who can translate. However, due to a miscommunication, they end up demolishing the wrong house. When the owners of the demolished house arrived, there i...