Students present ‘This is Our Voice, This is Our Culture: Latinx Theatre in the U.S.A.’

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Students present ‘This is Our Voice, This is Our Culture: Latinx Theatre in the U.S.A.’

Fresno State students will present a free performance, “This is Our Voice, This is Our Culture: Latinx Theatre in the USA,” with scenes and themes significant to the Latino community at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Arte Américas (1630 Van Ness Ave.). The students took a course on Latinx theatre in the Department of Theatre Arts at Fresno State, taught by new professor Dr. Gina Sandí-Díaz, who will direct their performances. In this presentation, the scenes from three different plays are woven together by two present-day college students, Marco and Julia, who are debating which theatre play to select for a school project. Their discussion will take the audience on a journey, visiting Latino characters dealing with conflicts related to identity, gender, sexuality and a sense of belonging. The plays featured in the show are: “Anna in the Tropics” (2003) by Nilo Cruz; “Just Like Us” (2014) by Karen Zacarias; and “Lydia” (2008) by Octavio Solis. Doors open at 4 p.m. Following the performance, Arte Americas will host a small reception where the audience can chat with the actors and professor.