Written by: Virginia Grise, Martin Zimmerman, Elaine Romero, & Milta Ortiz Award-winning playwrights Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise, and Martín Zimmerman collaborated together to write Barrio Stories and bring to life the oral histories of former residents of a demolished neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona. This three-part series documents the process from the perspectives of the playwrights,
The Barrio Stories project consists of three phases: Research, Development, and Production. As project coordinator/class instructor, I was in charge of phase one, which we recently completed. This research portion of the project involved teaching a college level course, “Theatricalizing Oral Histories” to Trio Upward Bound (high school) students at Pima Community College. The class
How do we get more Latinos to come to the theatre? That is the question we started with. I can tell you it’s not simply a matter of producing “Latino plays.” Borderlands Theater, located in Tucson, Arizona, is known for their commitment to new plays that reflect the diversity of voices in the US/Mexico
Youth ethnographer, Karelia Gil, discusses her experience collecting oral histories for the Barrio Stories Project. Karelia interviewed an Tucson elder who recalled memories of Barrio Libre before urban renewal demolished many of the houses in Barrio Libre to build the Tucson Convention Center in 1968.
Youth ethnographer, Amina Shiwoko, discusses her experience collecting oral histories for the Barrio Stories Project. Amina interviewed an Tucson elder who recalled memories of El Hoyo before urban renewal demolished many of the houses en El Hoyo to build the Tucson Convention Center in 1968.