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Original Theatrical Work 

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*In Development*

Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido, is a song from the heart, an inspiring new musical about the many untold stories of the Repatriation, based on heart-wrenching true-life events. In 1931, as the Great Depression darkened America, a new xenophobia swept through the country, aimed at hundreds of thousands of Mexicans and their American-born children. In a story that transcends time and space, we witness the Repatriation through the eyes of three courageous women spanning across several generations of a Mexican family, and the songs of a shape-shifting musician who immortalizes the immigrant experience through corridos. 

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As a partnership between ¡Habla! AZ and the Tempe History Museum, La Casa de Inez was a site-specific, participatory storytelling event about the ways in which the voices and identities of Latinas and Chicanas have been shaped by preceding generations of women in their families. Set against the backdrop of the historic Elias-Rodriguez House, one of the earliest remaining testaments to the first Mexican barrios in Tempe, Arizona, a group of Chicana and Latina storytellers set out to take the audience on a personal and historical journey. Through embodied storytelling and audience participation, the performers explored how their own personal and ancestral histories,

as well as the histories of the Elias-Rodriguez women, whose legacies remain alive, especially in the grounds of this remarkable property, define and reflect the enormous weight and relevance of the Latina/Chicana voice.

Directed by Elisa Gonzales


Written, created, and performed by Leslie Campbell, Elena De La Fuente, Elisa Gonzales, Carla Griffin and Erica Ocegueda

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