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Mixed Blood Theatre Company to Present|
'Minnecanos' at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Oct. 15, 1998|
Chicano cultural heritage is brought to life in the play "Minnecanos" to be performed Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Mixed Blood Theatre Company of Minneapolis will begin its performance at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.
"'Minnecanos' joyfully embraces four generations and the entire 20th century in its spirited illumination of contemporary Mexican-American history," Sissy Bouchard, senior coordinator for student development and programs, said.
The play is set in the Minneapolis home of Diego Morales, who uses the contents of an ancient trunk to interest his great-grandson in their Latino heritage.
Although the play is only 45 minutes long, major milestones in Latino history are highlighted, including El Rencanche (the train shuttled laborers from the Southwest to Minnesota's sugar beet fields), the mass deportations of the Great Depression and the Cesar Chavez-led farm workers movement.
Bouchard said the Mixed Blood Theatre Company "is dedicated to the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream and depicts one family's past bringing Chicano cultural heritage to life in this program."
"We wanted to bring awareness about traditions of Latino families in the region to Eau Claire," said Maryam Lara-Meloy, president of the Hispanic/Latino Student Association (HLSA).
HLSA and the Residence Hall Activities Board are co-sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 19, 1998