Episode 5

Xago Juarez - REALISAL: STORIES FROM EAST SALINAS

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Drawing inspiration for documentary theater practitioners like Anna Deveare Smith and Culture Clash, Luis 'xago' Juarez interviewed nearly 40 residents of East Salinas before writing reAlisal: Stories of East Salinas and the two other reAlisal plays that came before it. He wanted to tell the history of the Alisal using the words of the people who lived there, using their voices, and reshape the narrative of the region in the process.

In this interview, I talk to xago about the reAlisal plays, his theatrical education, and what it means to residents to hear stories about the region told in their own voices.

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