March, 2011Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) celebrates the birthday of Cesar Chavez and the lives and struggles of the United Farm Workers of America (UFA) Movement with an interactive play told through the eyes of Gloria, the ten-year old daughter of migrant farm workers.
As the play develops, Gloria witnesses protesters led by César Chávez advocating for safe working conditions and fair wages through strikes and nonviolent rallies. The story is interspersed with scenes led by a Teatrista, who further explores the life of a farm worker through dialogue and short demonstrations with the audience participants.
The play’s aim is to celebrate and preserve Mexican-American culture and speak to social issues that affect people’s everyday lives. Through humor, audience-interaction and emotion, we recognize and celebrate the lives of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. The play includes a group of musicians who perform songs written in tandem with Papi, Me and César Chávez. The play is directed by Jaime Zelaya of community playhouse and features community actors, including MECA students.
Papi, Me and César Chávez is as much a play about family as it is about the UFW. It was written by Anthony Garcia and highlights the impact Chávez’s actions had upon a family of farm workers.
The play is a collaboration between MECA, (Houston, TX) and El Centro Su Teatro (Denver, CO) and was created through a grant from the National Performance Network.
MECA is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). Major contributors of NPN include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), MetLife Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. For more information: www.npnweb.org.
Admission: $8.00 per person (all ages) presale at 866-468-7621 or online at TicketWeb.com.
Tickets at the door are $12.00 per person
Date/Time: April 1st & 2nd, 8:00pm
Location: MECA Dow School Auditorium
1900 Kane Street
Houston, Texas 77007