Luis Valdez -- Early Works: Actos, Bernabe, and Pensamiento Serpentino

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Preface

Over the past six years El Teatro has been changing and moving constantly. Moving with and helping along the way the rebirth of Chicano culture that is shaking the American power structure clear down to its calaveras. That pride that belongs to the sons of kings and religious warriors has found its way to the surface past that mentality of colonization and has brought him face to face with the oppressive forces of ignorance. The ignorant gabacho who refuses to see him as anything more than a cheap labor supply. The Chicano has a history as ancient and as beautiful as life itself. From this he is able to grasp a new perspective on the world we live in. A perspective and a way of life that does not include the systematic genocide of unwanted races or a technology that is being used only to destroy the very earth that mothered us. The Chicano is crying for reason and sanity to be brought back to the Americas. He is reaching out, exploding into every field of art and technology known to man, some not recognized by the gabacho.

El Teatro Campesino is a part of that explosion. It is taking from the old and creating the new. It is putting all the joys, sorrows, history and culture of La Raza on stage to be examined, to be remade, to pass on to others and to show others that there are answers, that things don't have to be this way. And it does it in its own style, its own form, the Acto. This is the most simple way to say come see what you're doing to me, come see what I have to offer. Actos deal with almost every aspect of Chicano life and death. They are created all over the Southwest by Chicanos with an urgency to be heard. Unfortunately few have been written out and published. El Teatro has started to keep record of as many of these as possible, and would now like to share them with you. These are a select few, published in book form so that they can be used everywhere that there is need for them.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preliminary Note on This Edition 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Notes on Chicano Theatre 6
  • The Actos 11
  • Actos 15
  • Preface 16
  • Las Dos Caras Del Patroncito 17
  • Quinta Temporada 1966 28
  • Los Vendidos 1967 40
  • La Conquista De Mexico (a Puppet Show) 53
  • No Saco Nada De La Escuela 1969 66
  • The Militants 1969 91
  • Huelguistas 1970 95
  • Vietnam Campesino 98
  • Soldado Razo 1971 121
  • Bernabé 134
  • Pensamiento Serpentino - A Chicano Approach to the Theatre of Reality 168
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