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Luis Valdez’s Actos

Radical and inspirational readings for our political moment.

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About this Performance

A Noise Within and the LA Phil join forces to present a staged reading of three of Luis Valdez’s politically potent Actos: “Los Dos Caras del Patroncito,” “Los Vendidos,” and “No Saco Nada de la Escuela.” A friend of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, Valdez founded El Teatro Campesino (The Farmworkers’ Theater) in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines. The company performed “actos,” commedia dell'arte-style sketches, that reflected the lives and political concerns of the people performing them. Taking the “actos” on tour to dramatize the plight and cause of the farmworkers, El Teatro Campesino was honored in 1969 with an Obie Award for “demonstrating the politics of survival.”

Power to the People is presented in collaboration with the California African American Museum. Additional partners include American Cinematheque, A Noise Within, and Power California.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Power to the People! festival

From subversive statements to songs of solidarity, music has always had a role to play in the movements that shift attitudes and shape nations. Join curators Gustavo Dudamel and Herbie Hancock in a celebration of the music that moves mountains. We invite you to join the conversation.

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