- Multicultural Center Theater
- McCune Conference Room
Free and open to the public.
- 50th Anniversary
May 31-June 1: The Hungry Woman Staged Reading + Symposium
The Hungry Woman Staged Reading + Symposium
Written at the turn into the 21st century, Cherríe Moraga’s play, The Hungry Woman – A Mexican Medea, revisits the aspirations of Aztlán from a Xicana Indigenous perspective and not without critique. In this ”Medea,” the Aztec gods observe the frailities of humans as they struggle over the right to land, nation, motherhood and freedom. Drawing from the Greek Medea and Lla Llorona, and employing an intimate realism, The Hungry Woman examines the conflict between a woman’s desire for another woman and for the Aztlán nation denied her. Written with tragedy and humor, the Work depicts a dystopic future in a fractured América, aggravated by an entrenched patriarchy. The play reading is followed by a post-show discussion with the playwright and cast members.
THE SYMPOSIUM – Saturday, June 1. 1p to 6p. McCune Conference Room. Humanities & Social Science Bldg (HSSB), 6th floor.
The year 2019 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Chicano Studies. The tenets of that original movement for a sovereign education grew into what are now thriving Chicana[x]/Latina[x] programs throughout the country. In recognition of the 50th, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Office of the Dean of Humanities, Las Maestras Center for Xicana[x] Indigenous Thought, Art and Social Practice, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and the Multicultural Center have collaborated to host a full afternoon’s discussion and performative presentations in conversation with the The Hungry Woman. Presenters include visiting and UCSB scholar-activists-artists and students.
THE STAGED READINGS. Friday 5/31 and Saturday 6/1. 7:30p at the Multicultural Center Theater, UCEN.
The Hungry Woman will be presented in two staged readings by a professional Los Angeles cast and UCSB community members. L.A. cast members: Rose Portilla, Cristina Frías, Marlene Beltran Cuauhtin, and Elias Serna. Free and open to the public.
MAY 31: STAGED READING @MCC 7:30PM
JUNE 1: SYMPOSIUM @MCCUNE CONFERENCE ROOM 1-7PM (DINNER SERVED AT 6PM) STAGED READING @MCC 7:30PM
Hungry Woman Symposium Agenda
1:00p Opening and Welcome
1:15p “The Making of a Hungry Woman” –
Playwright, Cherríe Moraga (Department of English) presents on the major themes of the play, from Euripedes to La Llorona to “Queer Azltán.”
1:30p Roundtable I: “Re-viewing Aztlán”
Featuring Dylan Miner (Michigan State University); Roberto Hernandez (CSU San Diego); Michaela Diaz-Sanchez (UCSB)
3:00p UCSB CHICANX STUDIES STUDENT ARTISTS RESPOND TO THE HUNGRY WOMAN
After a short coffee break, students of Maestra Celia Herrera Rodríguez will present their own 21st century visual design concepts; and, Professor Micaela Díaz Sanchez’ students will offer performative interpretations of the work.
4:00p Roundtable II: Motherhood: A Xicana Indígena Perspective and Practice
Nancy Morales (UCSB); Yvette Martinez (UCSB); Jennie Luna (CSU Channel Islands); and Ines Talamantez (UCSB)
5:30p Closing Conversations
6:00p Dinner provided by Las Maestras Center for Xicana Indigenous Thought, Art and Social Practice;
Location: McCune Conference. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday May 27th, 2019 (Space is Limited)
7:30p Staged Reading: The Hungry Woman – A Mexican Medea.
LOCATION: MULTICULTURAL CENTER THEATER – Performance will be followed by a conversation with the playwright and the cast.