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Cherrie Moraga

CHERRIE MORAGA

  (1952 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Cherrķe Lawrence Moraga (born September 25, 1952) is a Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright. She is part of the faculty at Stanford University in the Department of Drama and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Her works explore the ways in which gender, sexuality and race intersect in the lives of women of color.

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        Circle In the Dirt         Coatlicue's Call         Digging Up the Dirt         Giving Up the Ghost         Heart of the Earth: a Popol Vuh Story         Heroes and Saints         Hungry Woman: Mexican Medea, The         Mathematics of Love         Shadow of a Man         Watsonville: Some Place Not Here         Who Killed Yolanda Saldivar?



Circle In the Dirt

Circle In the Dirt
This third volume of plays by Cherrie Moraga confronts the changing California landscape of the 1990s, as anti-immigrant, anti-youth, and English Only legislation sweeps across the farmworker towns and multi-racial urban communities of the state. Both plays were developed through interviews conducted with residents in the two towns of Watsonville and East Palo Alto. Both towns stand in the shadow of the first world culture of the University: East Palo Alto is a poor neighbour of Stanford University south of San Francisco, while Watsonville, further south, has seen the University of California at Santa Cruz devour the nearby Pacific coastline. These plays document the incursion of the white world of power and authority into poor, racially mixed communities. But they are more than reports of the times. In vividly realised drama, Moraga shows the communities mounting their own bold resistance to cultural domination and the threat of economic enslavement. The indigenous and feminist consciousness of the two communities brings them together to struggle against their oppressors, from within and without.

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1st Produced:
Stanford University    

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Watsonville/Circle In the Dirt" published by West End Press,    978-0970534453

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Coatlicue's Call

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1st Produced:
Theatre Artaud, San Francisco    

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Digging Up the Dirt

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Breath Of Fire Theatre, Santa Ana, California    

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Giving Up the Ghost

Synopsis:
How oppressive forces damage women's perceptions of themselves

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West End Press, LA, 1986   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Heart of the Earth: a Popol Vuh Story

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West End Press, NY, 2001   -

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Heroes and Saints

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in Contemporary Plays by Women of Colour, Kathy A Perkins and Judith L Stephens, Routledge, London, 1996   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Hungry Woman: Mexican Medea, The

Synopsis:
A woman is driven mad by her love for another

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1st Produced:
Berkeley Repertory Theater    

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1st Published:
Svich, Caridad and Maria Teresa Marrero, Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/ Latino Theatre and Performance, TCG, 2000   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Lesbian, full length

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Mathematics of Love

Synopsis:
An elderly Mexican woman has dementia

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One act

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Shadow of a Man

Synopsis:
Against a backdrop of friends and family members being sent to fight in Vietnam and protesting about the War Lupe I s making discoveries about herself and her budding lesbianism

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1st Published:
in Shattering the Myth: Plays by Hispanic Women, Denise Chavez and Linda Feyder, Arte Publico Press, Houston, TX, 1992   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Lesbian, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/sixties/HTML_docs/Resources/Bibliographies/VN_drama_bib.html

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Watsonville: Some Place Not Here

Watsonville: Some Place Not Here
This third volume of plays by Cherrie Moraga confronts the changing California landscape of the 1990s, as anti-immigrant, anti-youth, and English Only legislation sweeps across the farmworker towns and multi-racial urban communities of the state. Both plays were developed through interviews conducted with residents in the two towns of Watsonville and East Palo Alto. Both towns stand in the shadow of the first world culture of the University: East Palo Alto is a poor neighbour of Stanford University south of San Francisco, while Watsonville, further south, has seen the University of California at Santa Cruz devour the nearby Pacific coastline. These plays document the incursion of the white world of power and authority into poor, racially mixed communities. But they are more than reports of the times. In vividly realised drama, Moraga shows the communities mounting their own bold resistance to cultural domination and the threat of economic enslavement. The indigenous and feminist consciousness of the two communities brings them together to struggle against their oppressors, from within and without.

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1st Produced:
Travelling Jewish Theatre    

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in: "Watsonville/Circle In the Dirt" published by West End Press,    978-0970534453

Music:
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Who Killed Yolanda Saldivar?

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1st Produced:
Magic Theatre, San Francisco    

Organisations:
Lesbian Playwrights Festival

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