ProArts Collective along with its partners Austin Community College's Department of Arts and Humanities, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, University of Texas' Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and Teatro Vivo present a staged reading of Cherrie Moraga's "Digging up the Dirt"; directed by Austin based playwright and director Amparo Garcia Crow.
Join us for the reading and post performance talk with the acclaimed poet, playwright, essayist on Saturday, February 11, 2:00pm at Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701.
Admission is free with donation of a non perishable item.
The story takes place, as Moraga writes, "inside the poet's head, somewhere in the fragmented Chicano nation of Atzlan." Here, as in most Moraga plays, the playwright uses the imagined landscape of the Southwest to poignantly explore Chicana lives. And, as in most Moraga plays, such depictions give all of us pause - regardless of race or gender or sexuality. This is especially the case in "Digging up the Dirt" where the plot thematically interweaves two murder stories. One is the tale of "Sirena Cantante's" murderer, "Zanzibar", serving a life sentence, while engaging in lesbian romances and being mercilessly visited by the probing "Poet". The second is an intimate account of the muder of "Amada", a Chicana lesbian killed by the hand of her own son.
"A writer will write with or without a movement; but at the same time, for Chicano, lesbian, gay and feminist writers-anybody writing against the grain of Anglo misogynist culture-political movements are what have allowed our writing to surface from the secret places in our notebooks into the public sphere." -- Cherrie Moraga