The Mexican,

As Told By Us Mexicans

By Ricardo A. Bracho and Virginia Grise

The Mexican, As Told By Us Mexicans is a queer theatrical retelling of Jack London’s 1911 short story “The Mexican.” The story follows a Mexican boxer from the killing fields of dictator Porfirio Díaz in Veracruz, Mexico to a revolutionary hideout in El Paso, Texas culminating in a prizefight in Los Angeles, California.


October 12 & 13, 2012


Historic Playmakers Theatre

Bracho was born in Mexico City and raised in Los Angeles, with a 20-year career as a playwright, educator, essayist, producer and dramaturge. His plays, including The Sweetest HangoverSissyA to BMexican PsychoticPuto and Ni Madre, have been produced nationally. He has participated in the NEA/TCG Residency Program for Playwrights, Mabou Mines Resident Artists’ Suite, University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) Summer Theater Lab and was Visiting Artist/Scholar at UCSB’s Center for Chicano Studies.

Grise is an award-winning theater artist and has performed nationally and internationally at venues including the José Martí Cátedra in Havana, Cuba, and The University of Butare in Rwanda, Africa. In 2010, Grise received the Pierre Cardin Theater Award for Directing from the Princess Grace Foundation. Her play blu won the Yale Drama Series Award and was recently published by Yale University Press. Her other published work includes The Panza Monologues (University of Texas Press, forthcoming) and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). The Panza Monologues is currently being taught in course syllabi at the university level, the subject of dissertation projects, and used by creative writing programs for incarcerated youth and women. Virginia has taught writing for performance at the university level, as a public school teacher, in community centers and in the juvenile correction system. She holds an MFA in writing for performance from the California Institute of the Arts.

Additional support for this event provided by UNC Latina/o Studies Program, Carolina Latina/o Collaborative and the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts and Humanities

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