Unearthing 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.