CHULA VISTA Southwestern College’s School of Arts and Communication and the College’s Education Center at San Ysidro are proud to present “Los Vendidos” and “Soldado Razo.” The two Luis Valdez early plays will be performed April 11-13, 2003 at the San Ysidro Multicultural Complex, 4350 Otay Mesa Road in San Ysidro.
“Both plays are expressions of the concerns and issues of the Chicano community,” said Sandra Cortez, director of the plays and adjunct instructor at Southwestern College’s Theater Department.
“Los Vendidos” and “Soldado Razo” are part of the creative collective progress of Teatro Campesino (The Farmworkers Theater), established during the 1960s in an effort to popularize and raise funds for the grape boycott and farm workers strike.
“Los Vendidos” highlights the issue of identity and stereotypes; how others see Chicanos and how the Chicano community deals with these images. “Soldado Razo” follows a young soldier on his way to the Vietnam War and leads the audience to realize he will not be coming back. The play also deals with the Chicano community’s concern as to who was being recruited to fight in the war and how it tended to romanticize it.
The plays are being performed by students from Southwestern College’s main campus and the Education Center at San Ysidro.
“This is the first time that the Theater Department and the Education Center at San Ysidro have teamed up to produce a play for the San Ysidro community,” said Cortez, adding that she hopes to include a production in San Ysidro in the Theater Department’s season each year.
The two plays will be performed Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $3 for general admission and can be purchased in the School of Arts and Communication, Room 702B or by calling the SWC box office at (619) 482-6367. For additional information, contact Sandra Cortez at (619) 482-6565 ext. 3616.