From Oral History to Theater

Barrio Stories is a celebration of the history and heritage of Tucson’s historic Mexican-American neighborhoods. Conceived by Borderlands Theater in 2015, the project is an ongoing site-specific series intended to preserve and reflect the stories, people, and places that made these barrios so vital to the cultural fabric of the Southwest. Barrios Viejo (also known as “La Calle”) and Anita became the primary subjects of the Borderlands Theater project, each taking on a different process and presentation.  

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Audio Talk-backs: Reflections on Barrio Stories by Audience Members

Memories Come to Life

Over a dozen current and former residents of Barrio Anita were interviewed, recounting memories of growing up in the neighborhood. Themes of Loss, Celebration, Adversity, Food, Family, and the Ways of the Barrio emerged, heavily shaping the Borderlands production. Residents were interviewed on video. The video oral histories and community memories made up a large part of the event.

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