"Remember El Alma" First On-site Performance Challenging the Alamo, March 2010

"Remember El Alma," First on-site performance
challenging the Alamo
original poem written by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez

Adapted by Virginia Grise; Produced by Bihl Haus Arts, Kellen McIntyre, Ph.D; Performed at Luminaria!
San Antonio, Hemisfair Plaza, San Antonio, Texas, March 13, 2010; 5 Actresses, 1 Musician
A cast of beautiful women, all ages and colors, from
all over San Antonio
; Foto Credit: Joan Frederick @2010

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Why The Panza Monologues Can't Come to San Antonio

Vicki Grise is from San Antonio, and so is Irma Mayorga. Together, they created The Panza Monologues, which has toured throughout the country, except here.

Why? There is no place to perform. And if there is a place, there is no funding for them. The Guadalupe is recovering from a nightmarish board and directors, and Say Si cancelled at the last moment.

I've always wondered why San Antonio doesn't have an established Chicana/o Theatre Program at one of the universities, why we don't have an Equity City Theatre, why we don't have Chicano Chakespeare, why Cherrie Moraga's Media didn't perform here, so many whys and neither Vicki or Irma live here anymore.

And now we have a multi-million City bond package that just passed and very little debate about its merits. (Read what Pablo Martinez has to say about that in next blog).


1 comment:

Virginia Grise said...

ahora mis dos centavitos...thank you barbara for your continued love. the question at hand of course is the issue of the state of arts in the united states. the cultural wars were/are no joke. how do we really suort arts and artists? i ran into vincent valdez the other day. he was telling me about hearing obama talk in san antonio and one of the things he said was that it was the first time he had ever heard a resedential candidate talk about the imortance of the arts in america, about reinstituting arts in the school and suorting artists with living wages, that creative energy was vital to the future develoment of this country. and that it was the first time he saw so many eole in san antonio gathered in one site outside of a concert, basketball game, or fiesta. i remember ever hoeful and grateful. so many eole have given sace to do our work. evelyn street is doing a second rinting of the anza monologues and we have moved the filming to LA. maybe we will be in san antonio for the book release. aver...till then i will be taking a much needed rest! vgrise (by the way - one of my letters is stuck on my comuter, the one after o, see if you can work through the missellings if i had more money id buy a new comuter!!)