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Intimate Acts

Posted By Patricia Herrera, University of Richmond, Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dear Friends,


As curators of Intimate Acts, we are writing to extend a personalized invitation to all of you to attend this performance event, which will be held Saturday, July 26, at 8:30pm in the Sonoran Room.  There will be light appetizers and a cash bar.


As you may have read in the conference program, Intimate Acts explores how de facto censorship, including the actions taken by the Tucson Unified School District in 2012, attempts to define and delimit what it is to be an “American.” Through the shared reading of theatrical work defined as occupying the edges of “acceptability,” we hope to create a space to connect, reflect, and speak out.


While the event is grounded in the geographic specificity of the Southwest and highlights Latino/a authored plays that topped the list of banned books in Tucson classrooms, it also recognizes that similar mechanisms of oppression have been used to marginalize African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and other racial minorities. We therefore include plays that are not “legally” banned per se, yet raise issues that have been culturally tabooed and silenced. Our goal is to incite dialogue around oppression and censorship and reflect the diversity of the ATHE membership.


Intimate Acts features readings from Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones’ powerful play The Great Goodness of Life presented by the Phoenix-based company Performance in the Borderlands (producer/curator Mary Stephens), and Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit by UC Berkeley’s Teatro and the Performance Collective. Also, Laura Dougherty will direct a reading of Cherríe Moraga’s Heart of the Earth; and Jason Ramirez will direct a reading of Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga’s Panza Monologues. Among the included participants are local artists, activists, and educators: Micha Espinosa, Marcelino Quiñonez, Rashaad Thomas, Tomas Stanton, Steffan Jones, Logan Phillips, Yovani Flores, and Erica Ocegueda as well as ATHE/LFG members Joshua Inocencio, Eric Mayer-Garcia, Solimar Otero, Jeff Paden, Kimberly Ramirez, and Aaron C. Thomas.


In selecting these diverse works, we seek to promote an expansive discussion that collectively makes meaning of both the plays and the current state of America. We look forward to the possibilities of seeing you at the event and hope you will encourage friends and colleagues to attend as your shared presence will make the evening’s dialogue that much richer.  

All the Best,


Patricia Herrera, Karen Jean Martinson, and Jason Bisping

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