Apr 13, 2021
¡HUELGA! Virtual Performance
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center
is proud to present
By Maya Malan-Gonzalez
Friday, April 23, 7 PM
To Participate email Ginger Savage, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will email you the Zoom Link.
“The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today.” – Dolores Huerta
Travel back in time to 1962 with Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the UFW with Cesar Chavez, at the beginning of the farmworker’s movement and continues up to the present day. This “Super Acto”, inspired by Teatro Campesino, highlights the amazing journey of Dolores, who continues to make history at the age of 90! Her innumerable successes often went uncelebrated in the past until she changed the normative ideas about women in leadership. In 2012, when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, he acknowledged the fact that Dolores coined the famous phrase “Si, se puede, yes, we can!”
The ensemble cast, which includes Aurora Hernandez as Dolores, Ajai Terrazas Tripathi as Bobby Kennedy and Fred Ross, Pedro Adan Dominguez as Cesar Chavez and Tricia Castañeda Guevara as The Eagle and Gloria Steinem, also play dozens of other characters in this fast-paced, sometimes irreverent retelling of the history of the UFW and its co-founders Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. Susana Jacobo joins the cast as La Musica, to provide traditional folk songs for the marches and movements.
Following Friday’s performance, Milagro teaching artists will be working virtually with the Language Arts teachers at Baker High, helping the students to create their own “actos” about important issues in the community. The free performance and free school residency were made possible in part with the support of the Oregon Arts Commission, Arts Builds Communities Program and the Ford Family Foundation.
For more information about Teatro Milagro, visit their website at www.milagro.org
The virtual tour of Teatro Milagro’s ¡HUELGA! and accompanying UNIDAD curriculum is made possible in part with support from the Charlotte Martin Foundation, Juan Young Trust, EC Brown Foundation, Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, Oregon Arts Commission, Templeton Foundation, Portland Clinic Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Ronald Naito Foundation, Carpenter Foundation, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts.