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

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Las Dos Caras del Patroncito

1965

First Performance: The Grape Strike, Delano, California on the Picket line


Characters:

Esquirol Patroncito Charlie: Armed Guard

In September, 1965 six thousand farmworkers went on strike in the grape fields of Delano. During the first months of the ensuing Huelga, the growers tried to intimidate the struggling workers to return to the vineyards. They mounted shotguns in their pickups, prominently displayed in the rear windows of the cab; they hired armed guards; they roared by in their huge caruchas, etc. It seemed that they were trying to destroy the spirit of the strikers with mere materialistic evidence of their power. Too poor to afford la causa, many of the huelguistas left Delano to work in other areas; most of them stayed behind the picket through the winter; and a few returned to the fields to scab, pruning vines. The growers started trucking in more esquiroles from Texas and Mexico.

In response to this situation, especially the phoney "scary" front of the ranchers, we created "Dos Caras." It grew out of an

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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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