Set in Watsonville, California, a story of women’s triumph loosely based on a 1985 – 1987 Cannery strike, a Richter scale earthquake, and a vision of the Virgen de Guadalupe. This drama is vividly realized; you will smell the sopa de albondigas, feel the warmth of the California sun, and listen to the sensuous music of the bolero. Developed through interviews conducted with residents in Watsonville, Moraga accounts the story of the working Chicana women rising up to defend their community. Their fight against unfair wages, persecution based on citizenship status, and threats to their families’ safety brings them together in an unbreakable sisterhood.
Cherríe Moraga is a co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, republished in a new edition by SUNY Press in 2015. As a political and literary essayist, she has published several collections of writings, including A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness — Writings 2000-2010. Moraga is the recipient of the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lambda Foundation’s “Pioneer” award, among many other honors.
Her most recently premiered play, New Fire: To Put Things Right Again, which she also directed, opened at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco in 2012. A collaboration with visual artist, Celia Herrera Rodríguez, over three thousand people witnessed the work. In 2017, Moraga will premiere a new work, the award winning The Mathematics of Love, a theatrical conversation with her forthcoming literary memoir, The Native Country of a Heart — A Geography of Desire.
For nearly twenty years she has served as an Artist in Residence in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has mentored a full generation of published writers and playwrights who credit Moraga as one of their most influential teachers. Cherríe Moraga is an activist writer, who sustains an engaged schedule of appearances on college campuses, conferences and community settings both nationally and internationally. She is also a founding member of La Red Xicana Indígena, an advocacy network of Xicanas working in education, the arts, spiritual practice, and indigenous women’s rights.
Cambria Herrera is a director from Garden Grove, CA. She was twice awarded as top director in Region 7 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She has worked as a directing fellow with ID Theatre’s Seven Devil’s Playwriting Festival in McCall, Idaho, The National New Play Network’s MFA Playwriting workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY. Most Recent directing credits include: Ain’t She Brave by Ntare Ali and Erika Gault, The Balkan Women by Jules Tasca, Proof by David Auburn, and Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing. She is a member of the PDX Latinx Pride Leadership Committee and holds a B.A. in Theatre from George Fox University.