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Friday September 20, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM PDT                                                     
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El Teatro Campesino
705 Fourth Street
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

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Ticket LIne: 831.205.1822

Diane Lopez Wilson
National Compadres Network              


About El Teatro Campesino: It is our mission to create a popular art with a 21st century tools that presents a more just and accurate account of human history, while encouraging the young women and men of a new generation to take control of their own destiny through creative discipline, vibrant education, economic independence, and artistic excellence.

About National Compadres Network: For over 20 years The National Compadres Network has been working with individuals and organizations dedicated to engaging men and fathers in an effort to strengthen the development of children, families, and communities. As a non-profit, 501 c-3 organization, since its inception, NCN has focused it’s efforts on the healing, developing and reinforcing of Latino boys and men based through the creation of “circulos” (extended kinship networks).


Benefit Performance:

Valley of the Heart by Luis Valdez

National Compadres Network partners with El Teatro Campesino,  September 20, 2013, 8:00pm!

El Teatro Campesino announces the first production of the new play “Valley of the Heart” written by Founding Artistic Director, acclaimed American playwright and father of Chicano Theatre, Luis Valdez.

Special Feature: Meet Jerry Tello, Director of the National Compadres Network and  Luis Valdez for a Q & A after the show. 

"Valley of the Heart" is a love story, the dramatic interaction of two share cropping families – the Yamaguchis and the Montaños - during the trying days of World War II. From the foothills of Northern California’s Santa Clara Valley, “the Valley of the Heart’s Delight,” in 1941 to Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming in 1945, this “memory play” is about the marriage and ultimate survival of Teruko “Thelma” Yamaguchi and Benjamin Montaño, and the birth of their son in camp. “Valley of the Heart” is described by the playwright as a “kabuki corrido.” The staging of the play will draw from conventions of the Japanese theatrical style while also invoking the music of the Mexican popular ballad to tell the tale of these two cultures weaving together to form the fabric of America.
This heartfelt piece is a clear demonstration of how art cultivates understanding of the human experience, induces compassion, while reclaiming the memories of several cultures during trying times. “Valley of the Heart” is a timely piece and powerful tale that brings social healing via the arts. The National Compadres Network partners with El Teatro Campesino to sponsor this presentation as a parallel community effort.
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