La Palabra: The Historic El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista

February 19, 2018

Many people have heard of La Bamba or Zoot Suit, original plays written by the legend himself Luis Valdez.  For those who have heard of these works by Luis they understand how important they are to the Latino communities especially in California.  For those who are not familiar with these works or El Teatro- Luis began El Teatro Campesino which literally means "the Farmworker Theatre" because of the Delano Grape Strike in 1965.  He created a traveling theatre going all across California to different farms and hired farm workers to join the theatre and perform short skis called "actos" which in many cases were satirical performances addressing social issues in the Latino communities.  Luis worked alongside Cesar Chavez's United Farmworkers Union and was a key component in fighting for social justice for Latinos during this time in America.

Luis founded El Teatro Campesino as a brick and mortar in San Juan Bautista California and is just a walking distance away from Vertigo Coffee.  I have always been around this theatre, seen plays, and have gotten the chance to get to know Luis as a customer at Vertigo.  The theatre and what it stands for is something that I am very proud of and I have been invited to set-up a table at "La Palabra," a spoken word event that will be held in El Teatro Campesino on Friday and Saturday February 23-24.  I am proud to take part in this event because I have so much respect for the theatre and the people who are involved in it.  They are not only customers, but they have become close acquaintances of mine and I am happy to take part in the event.  There will be spoken word performances, vendors (such as myself), meet and greet, as well as local beer and wine.  These events are filled with caring and dedicated individuals who take pride in their work and are honored to serve the theatre and involve their community.

These two nights I will set-up a table selling merchandise, talking about my company, and serving Vertigo Coffee.  I was more than happy to do this event, because of the support that this event will receive and the amount of people who I have never met from the area.  I am proud to talk about my story and share it with others, especially at El Teatro.  I would love to see some familiar faces at this event and if anybody is interested please email me and I will give you the information.  There will also be a flyer posted on my facebook, instagram and website throughout the week.  I am happy to be a part of this very wonderful culture and share my industry with them.  I will also be proud to release my "Dahlia Stickers" at the event and give people a thorough look into what I am doing, who I am, and why I respect El Teatro Campesino.  

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Here is the flyer/event poster to "La Palabra":