Mummified Deer and Other Plays brings together three plays by Luis Valdez, the most distinguished Latino playwright and director. With an introduction by Chicano theater scholar Jorge Huerta, this collection includes two never-before-published dramas.
Mummified Deer is Valdez's mature exploration of the Yaqui Indian roots of Mexican-American culture and Valdez's own family. Returning to the format of the tent show, Valdez mines maternal psychology and Yaqui mysticism to demand that characters scale the full gamut of emotions. In this gut-wrenching piece, Mama Chu is the dominant, imposing figure who must reconcile the present with the past and unify the conflicting histories and identities of her family.
Mundo Mata is the long-awaited drama of unionizing farm workers battling the agribusiness power structure in California in a time when Mexican Americans are being sent off to battle brown-skinned enemies in Vietnam. Valdez assesses the toll that families have to pay to remain united against divisive forces. It all comes down to Reymundo, the antihero, who in the end must weigh existential and political questions.
The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa, Valdez's re-worked first play, still holds all the vision, spunk, and innovation of the young playwright. Injecting black humor into domestic drama, disembodied heads talk, mothers exchange roles with the patriarch, Pachucos banter, and sell-outs become the mouthpieces for an oppressed community.
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 11th July 2005
Publisher: Arte Publico Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.97 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.28