An original play based on the true story of Mexican-American students who walked out of school and into civil rights history.
Online PR News – 01-December-2009 – – An original play by Dallasites David Lozano and Raul Treviño, Crystal City 1969 is based on the true story of Mexican-American students who walked out of school and into civil rights history.
Like many schools in the Southwest during the 1960’s, Crystal City High School forbade Spanish on campus and Mexican and Chicano students were discouraged from university or professional career paths.
The students only wanted the same opportunities their caucasian schoolmates took for granted : to be a cheerleader, the homecoming queen, a varsity athlete or go off to college and chase their dreams.
Frustrated at their lack of options, with the guidance of 23-year-old José Angel Gutiérrez, student leaders Severita Lara, Diana Serna, and Mario Treviño led a walkout that drastically changed Crystal City’s future.
The Walkout garnered national attention as people from around the United States arrived to this small Texas town to support their effort. The three teenagers tactfully negotiated with the local School Board for three weeks until their demands for better treatment were met.
This is not just a Latino story.
It is a story of youth reaching beyond their boundaries.
A story about the power of voices united to a roar.
A story of triumph against adversity.
A story of hope and the possibility of change.
A truly powerful staging, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the historic walkout, that will move all who witness its performance.
WHAT: Cara Mía Theatre Company presents Crystal City 1969
Written by David Lozano and Raul Treviño
Directed by David Lozano
WHEN: December 9, 10, 12, 17, 18, and 19
all shows begin at 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204
Ticket Prices: $25 for Opening Night Performance, Reception at 7 p.m.
$15 General Admission
$10 on Thursdays
$10 Students/Seniors/Groups of 8+
Ticket Reservations: 214.717.5317 or firstname.lastname@example.org