Collection Title: EL Teatro Campesino collection
Title: Power to the people
Alternate Title: PG & E action
Date: 2001 Feb
Location: Performed at The Women's Building, San Francisco, California, in Feb. 2001.
El Teatro Campesino, producer ; Kinan Valdez, director ; Lakin Valdez, Kinan Valdez, Ruben Gonzalez, writers ; Mino Valdez, music.
Ruben Gonzalez, Anahuac Valdez, Kati Valdez, Lakin Valdez, Primavera Valdez, David Alvarez.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:16:47
Language: English
Synopsis: Founded in 1965 by Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino was initially the cultural wing of the United Farm Workers union in California's central valley. With a pointed political mission, ETC performed their actos in the fields, agitprop improvisations communicated eloquently with the workers, who could neither read nor write, but recognized themselves and their values in the actos. By 1970 ETC had gained an international reputation, with major contributions to Chicano culture in the U.S. and to the development and expansion of the boundaries of theater everywhere. Theirs is a popular theater rooted in the American streets, early California history, Mayan/Aztec mythology and Mexican folklore and spiritualism, all geared toward expression of social, political and cultural perceptions. Power to the People was created in 2001 by Lakin Valdez, Kinan Valdez and Ruben Gonzalez. The play is a response to the incidents involving Enron, PG&E and California Governor Gray Davis in 2001, in which a false power crisis created by Enron (who had recently begun to sell power to PG&E) resulted in increased power bills and rolling blackouts for California residents. It was later discovered that there was no power crisis, and California residents felt that Governor Davis had responded poorly to the situationthis and other circumstances led to the historic recall election when Governor Davis lost to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The creators of the piece wanted to re-examine the historical roots of the Deregulation Bill of 1996. The aesthetic of the Power to the People follows the original ETC style of actos, which the group originally used in the fields during the farmworkers' strikes in Delano, California during the 1960s. This acto was performed up and down California, in collaboration with the Power to the People Coalition. This is a good representation of the future generation of El Teatro Campesino while simultaneously representing ETCs past.
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Copyright Holder: El Teatro Campesino
Contact: Luis Valdez
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