About Productions

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Feb. 14, 2005

Adele Field
Luckman Complex
(323) 343-6616



Cal State L.A. 
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For immediate release:
The Luckman Complex Presents
They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They?

WHAT: They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They?
WHO: Co-written by Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo. Produced by About Productions.
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 10, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Luckman Intimate Theatre, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A.
TICKETS: $40. Discounts available for students, seniors, groups. Box Office: (323) 343-6600 / Ticketmaster: (213) 365-3500 or www.ticketmaster.com.
INFO: www.luckmanfineartscomplex.org

LOS ANGELES – The Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents the world première of About Productions’ They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They? for four performances, beginning April 9, 2005. Co-written by Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo, They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They? is an innovative stagework, combining text, dance, video/film and music, exploring the historic and cinematic period when early Hollywood first encountered the culture of the Southwestern Latino. The production premières Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. and continues Sunday, April 10 (2:00 p.m.), and Saturday, April 16 (2:00 and 8:00 p.m.), at the new Luckman Intimate Theatre, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A.

They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They? is set in Los Angeles in the late ’20s, and includes an ensemble of two actors, two dancers, and five musicians. Each actor plays three characters, all from the period, except for a contemporary film historian who is also related to the family at the center of the story. The production spotlights the era (1910-1940) when motion pictures first began to incorporate Latino history and culture into their storylines. It is a time when California was being promoted through books, films, and plays such as Ramona and The Mission Play, that featured romanticized versions of Latino Southwestern culture.

Collaborators include writer/director Theresa Chavez, writer/performer Rose Portillo, choreographer Francisco Martinez (Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre), composer/performer Quetzal Flores (of the band Quetzal), and film directors Isaac and Jude Artenstein (also producers of A Day Without a Mexican).

About Productions creates original interdisciplinary theatre work that provokes new perspectives on history and humanity. The company is dedicated to collaboration in generating new work in order to create artistic and community dialogue. Since its founding in 1988, the company has produced over 35 theatre works and educational projects which have addressed issues of concern to diverse communities of Los Angeles, and a broadening national audience. About Productions’ landmark touring production, By the Hand of the Father, was featured in the 2002-03 season of Austin City Limits, the first time the acclaimed, long-running PBS music show has presented a theatrical work.

They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They? is only the third production to be presented in the new Luckman Intimate Theatre. The flexible black-box Intimate Theatre, which opened in November, 2004, accommodates up to 250, depending on configuration, bringing added dimension to the Luckman’s performance season, while creating exciting possibilities for new project development by the arts community. A full schedule of 2004-05 Luckman events and exhibitions is available by calling (323) 343-6600, or online at www.luckmanfineartscomplex.org.

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