The Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Theatre and Dance at UT Austin present Crystal City 1969
Fifty years of Latino Studies will be celebrated at The University of Texas at Austin with a live reading of the powerful play, Crystal City 1969.
Written by playwrights David Lozano and Raul Treviño, Crystal City 1969 is based on the true story of a group of Mexican-American teens in South Texas who walked out of their high school to protest discriminatory treatment. They were not allowed to speak Spanish at school or eat Mexican food during lunch in the cafeteria, and faced myriad barriers to the everyday high school experience simply by virtue of being Mexican-American.
The reading will be partly staged atop a flatbed truck, a nod to the original Teatro Campesino in California, which performed skits atop trucks near agricultural fields as a way to educate workers about their rights.