How do you put an Acto together? How can an Acto be used for social change? What are other forms of theater were used for social change?
Chilcoat, George W. “El Acto: Studying the Hispanic American Experience through the Farm Worker Theater.” The Social Studies, vol. 86, no. 4, 1995, pp. 162 166. Ethnic news watch, doi:10.1080/00377996.1995.9958389. Accessed 24 Jan. 2017.
This article was written to show the history of the Acto and how it has been used to help unionize farm workers during the grape strikes. This article lists helpful instructions for teachers that want to help students create their own Actos. Additionally, this article states the qualities that define an Acto.
This source is helpful because it gives me a step by step game plan to use as a template to teach my writers how to adapt an acts to today’s times. This also will help my writers stay on the clear path, making sure they are creating a skit that keeps the foundations and purpose of Luis Valdez’s Actos intact. Additionally, it will help us hit the five important goals when writing an Acto.
“From Harvest to Home.” YouTube, uploaded by House Farm Workers, 9 April 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPtKLdLBky.
From Harvest to home is an informational video used to educate people on the benefits of housing farmers. It mentions reasons why farmers may need better homes, including that some former housing areas required additional families to share rooms with each other, causing crowded kitchen areas. Additionally, it mentions that farming is a skilled labor. Giving farmers affordable housing prevents farm managers from having to hire and train new workers that had to leave the job because they couldn’t afford their home.
I also feel that this works with my research project because it tells true stories about the lives of farmers. This has sparked ideas for conflict and resolutions in my Acto. Having this information will help me find ways to put important facts in my Acto to educate my viewers, while at the same time entertaining them as well.
Huerta, A. Jorge. “Chicano Agit-Prop: The Early Actos of El Teatro Campesino.” LATIN AMERICAN THEATRE REVIEW, Sprin, 1977, pp. 45-57.
We learn in this article about the many different Actos El Teatro Campensino created over the years. Their Actos deal with issues concerning farm life, Chicano stereotypes, and the educational system. It also gives a very thorough analysis into the thought process of what each Acto was trying to accomplish through its performance.
This article has helped in the writing process of my Acto. It shows that even though our Acto is updated, we are still dealing with the same issues that El Teatro Campiseno was when they created their performances. Inspiration for costumes and masks have also come from this article.
Rodríguez, Louie,F., et al. “Reflecting on the Institutional Processes for College Success: The Experiences of Four Chicanos in the Context of Inequality.” Latino Studies, vol. 11, no. 3, 2013, pp. 411-427 EthnicNewsWatch, http://summit.csuci.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.summit.csuci.edu:2048/docview/1431541668?accountid=7284.doi:http://dx.doi.org.summit.csuci.edu:2048/10.1057/lst.2013.2
This paper is about four students who realized while living in different areas and having different educations that they all have found difficulty on the road to success in their educational journeys. It goes on to mention how their parents discipline in their work in the fields inspired them to connect with others in college and make the most out of their opportunities. It also shows the willingness of incorporating other oppressed or misrepresented groups in the education process to make sure everyone gets the most out of their education.
I feel like this paper is useful to my research because one of the boys (Pedro) mentions his experience of working the fields while growing up and getting an education. It also mentions that his Chicano studies class practiced Luis Valdez El Teatro Campensino methods which taught him to ask why the problems he was witnessing were taking place and why things were the way they were.
I feel this article can help me show that theater can be used as a voice for the people to help them stand up for others and question the world around them. From practicing these methods, I feel Pedro’s story is a perfect example of what I want the audience to get from this performance by looking back on the life in the fields and realizing what someone like Pedro considered at the time to be normal (working long hours in hot 100* degree weather while the farm manager yells at you for not working hard enough) wasn’t normal in any other job and shouldn’t be the accepted norm in the fields either.