By Silviana Wood,Norma Elia Cantú,Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz
Barrio Dreams is the 1st publication to gather the paintings of 1 of Arizona’s most popular teatristas, playwright Silviana wooden. in the course of her decades-long involvement in theater, wooden solid a name as a playwright, actor, director, and activist. Her works shape a testimonio of Chicana lifestyles, steeped in artwork, politics, and the borderlands. Wood’s performs problem, query, and incite girls to contemplate their lot in existence. She ruptures stereotypes and increases know-how of social concerns through humor and with an emphasis at the use of the actual physique on stage.
The play Una vez, en un barrio de sueños . . . bargains a glimpse into usual terrain—the barrio and its dwellers—in 3 actos. In Amor de hija, a fraught mother-daughter courting in modern working-class Arizona is dealt an extra blow because the family members faces Alzheimer’s sickness. within the tragedy A Drunkard’s story of Melted Wings and Memories, and within the trilingual (Spanish, English, and Yaqui) tragicomedy Yo, Casimiro Flores, characters love, reside, die, shuttle via time and house, and stopover at the afterlife. And in Anhelos por Oaxaca, a grandfather travels again in time via flashbacks, as he and his grandson commute via homelands from Arizona to Oaxaca.
Part of Wood’s genius is the way in which she portrays lifestyles in what Gloria Anzaldúa known as “el mundo zurdo,” that house inhabited through the folk of colour, the negative, the feminine, and the outsiders. it's a position for the atravesados, the ordinary, the various, those that don't healthy the mainstream. the folk who inhabit Wood’s performs are universal folk—janitors, moms, grandmothers, and teenagers—hardworking those who, in a single method or one other, have made their approach in lifestyles and who embrace existence within the barrio.
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