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Su Teatro performance of La Carpa de los Rasquachis Oct. 7

October 1, 2009

In connection with National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, ASCSU, and El Centro have arranged for a performance by the Denver Chicano Theatre company Su Teatro of the Luis Valdez play, 'La Carpa de los Rasquachis. The play includes live music and dance and depicts the trials and tribulations of a farm worker who immigrates to the U.S.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre 

The Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, ASCSU, and El Centro have pulled off quite a coup. 

They've managed to engage the Denver Chicano theatre company, Su Teatro, to perform at CSU. Su Teatro and its production company will perform the classic Luis Vadez (La Bamba, Zootsuit) play, La Carpa de los Rasquachis.

The production, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7, includes live music, dance, and the rollicking humor that is characteristic of the traditional Mexican tent show. 

The play is bilingual but predominantly English and is free and open to the public!

Su Teatro - A significant force in American theatre 

"Su Teatro is the third oldest Chicano theater company in the United States, and has been recognized as a significant force in both the Chicano arts aesthetic and American Theater. [Their] mission is to create, produce, and promote theater and other art that celebrates the experiences, history, language and heritage of Latinos in the U.S. and the Americas" (Denver Post, 2009).

Su Teatro was formed in 1971 and spurred a national Chicano Teatro movement as part of the Chicano civil rights movement.  It has been in Denver for the last 20 years as a Cultural Arts Center with full seasons of theatre and annual poetry, film, and music festivals.

In 2009, El Centro Su Teatro was a recipient of the Mayors Award for excellence in the Arts. 

About the play

La Carpa de lost Rasquachis (Tent of the Underdogs) is the immigrant tale of Jesus Pelado Rasquachi, a bracero who seeks his riches on el otro lado.  (Braceros were Mexican laborers who came across the border in the 1940s to take the place of American workers who were at war).

A classic farm worker drama told in rollicking corridos and performed in the classic Mexican Vaudeville-like tent-show style. Tent shows were traveling circus tent shows that flourished in the 1920s and 1930s which incorporated a variety of entertainment including Mexican dances, hand sequined or embroidered costumes and traditional songs.

The Rasquachi saga comes alive in corridos (Mexican ballads) that tell of life’s tragedies with an ironic, rollicking, earthy, good humor. The story follows JRasquachi on his journey as he decides to leave his familia in Mexico to head for the United States, in hopes of “getting rich”as a bracero.

Misfortune and fate, however stalk Pelado in the guise of El Diablo-the Devil, and La Calavera-Death. Continually tricked and betrayed, Pelado becomes a pathetic and comical figurine in the hands of manipulative growers, contractors, social workers and finally, the undertaker.

This is a hilarious tale with tons of music, dance, and of course, satire! 

Luis Valdez, father of Chicano theatre

Luis Valdez (born June 26, 1940) is an American playwright, writer and film director. He is regarded as the father of Chicano theater in the United States.

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