VOL. LIV, NO. 10
California State University, Long Beach September 16, 2003
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Theater review: 'Farmworker's Son' unravels cultural taboos

Farmworker's Son

By Michelle Zenarosa
On-line Forty-Niner

Movimiento Estudiantil de Teatro y Artes or META brought to the University Theater, an empowering and realistic story not only about Latin-Americans, but also about all Americans who have faced the affects of assimilation.

META's new production "The Migrant Farmworker's Son," which opened Friday captured all the drama of today's modern world, where the word "immigrant" is a social taboo, and it is an everyday struggle to break free from the past while fighting to preserve one's cultural heritage.

Although the play is mainly a drama, humorous one-liners sprinkled throughout the play brought laughter to the audience. Written by Silvia Gonzales and directed by Emiliano Torres, the balance of tears and laughter ingeniously and successfully gave the play its character.

The play opens with the cast working in the fields when a terrible accident occurs. It goes on to tell a story of a Mexican family's struggles to unite in a sea of culture clashes. The father, played by Rudy Marquez, longs for Mexico; the mother, played by Dina Jaregui is accused of valuing American culture more than her own, becoming more like a "gringo;" and the lost son with two names-- an American and a Mexican-- that knows nothing of his heritage.

The father is plagued by dark secrets from his past, and as a result, becomes abusive, unable to relate to his son, Henry, otherwise known as Enrique, played by Bon Correa. Marquez gave an excellent performance of a dramatic monologue during act two, where he pours his heart out in an intense and passionate confession.

Taken as a whole the production was successful, emotional and full of symbolism. Anyone who was raised in an immigrant household, whether as a first-generation or second-generation, will relate to the story and will leave the play delightfully surprised and satisfied, ready to tell their friends about it.

Committed to promoting awareness and understanding of the diverse Latin culture and community through the arts, META, a student organization at Cal State Long Beach is dedicated to providing a forum where artists of all genres can see the manifestation of their work.

 


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