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Borderlands Theater Presents Barrio Monologues

May 16, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Arizona Humanities.

borderlands theater 2 400x265Unearthing Histories in Barrio Monologues:  Youth perform dramatic readings of Tucson’s Hispanic Heritage    

Borderlands Theater presents an afternoon of dramatic readings of  monologues, with an introduction by Dr. Lydia Otero. Pan dulce and refreshments provided. Students from Trio Upward Bound Program at Pima’s Desert Vista campus will perform  monologues, shaped from interview transcriptions of former inhabitants of Tucson’s oldest barrio, sometimes known as Barrio Libre or La Calle, neighboring El Hoyo. This event marks the end of phase 1 of the Barrio Stories Project.

This performance is the culmination of a college credit course, Theatricalizing Oral Histories, where students interviewed primary informants  with the assistance of an Anthropologist from the University of Arizona’s Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. Students worked in Anna Deavere Smith’s style of docu-­‐drama theatre, where writer performers take on the personas of the people they interviewed. One of the goals of the class, taught by Milta Oritz, is as Ana Deavere Smith says, “to take that broad  leap into the other.” By taking on someone’s words and becoming them, we learn much about the other and ourselves, and in this case, uncover lost history.

CLICK HERE to read more from the press release about Barrio Monologues.


May 16, 2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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151 S. Granada Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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