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"Mummified Deer"

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 8:00am
Mainstage Theater, Theater Arts Center (UCSC)
Presented by: 
Theater Arts Dept

Written by Luis Valdez

Directed by Kinan Valdez


Post-show "talk-backs" on Saturday, Feb. 26 and Friday, March 4


Doors open 30 minutes before curtain

Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the house manager.

"Mummified Deer" contains adult themes and strong language in English and Spanish. 


Friday-Sunday, February 25-27

Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6

7:00 pm Thu-Fri-Sat

3:00 pm on Sundays


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The UCSC Theater Arts Department is honored to bring Luis Valdez’ play Mummified Deer to our Mainstage. Written by acclaimed playwright, director, and filmmaker Luis Valdez and directed by his son Kinan Valdez, Mummified Deer is a highly personal exploration of family themes and conflict played out in the context of history and social struggle. Kinan Valdez is currently teaching drama at UC Santa Cruz and will direct an all-student cast. 


The main action of the play takes place by the side of Mama Chu’s hospital bed, but moves fluidly back and forth in time to the dawn of the Chicano Movement in 1969, through the 1920’s and 30’s, and back to the turn of the last century, the Mexican Revolution and the genocidal war against the Yaquis in Mexico, which forces Mama Chu to cross the border to the U.S.


Both the playwright and the director will be present for two "talk-backs" after the performances on Saturday, February 26 and again the following week on Friday, March 4. They will speak about the genesis of the play and take questions from the audience. 


See online story on the UCSC website.

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About the Playwright and the Director

From the migrant labor fields to Broadway, Luis Valdez remains true to his original vision: performance that addresses the Chicano experience in America in a context meaningful to all Americans. Valdez's credits include, founder & artistic director of the internationally renowned El Teatro Campesino, council member of the National Endowment of the Arts, and founding member of the California Arts Council. His awards include the Presidential Medal of the Arts, the prestigious Aguila Azteca Award, Governors Award of the California Arts Council. Best known works: Zoot Suit, La Bamba, and Corridos, winner of the George Peabody Award. He continues to work and mentor a new generation of theatre artists at El Teatro Campesino Playhouse.


Kinan Valdez was raised in the collective environment of El Teatro Campesino, the nation’s most distinguished Latino theater arts organization. Kinan made his directorial debut in 1994 at El Teatro Campesino, where he co-directed their biannual Christmas production, La Virgen Del Tepeyac. Since that time, his imaginative and creative style has continued to leave an indelible mark on ETC's productions. He is the producing artistic director of ETC. Kinan's film credits include King Lear; I, Priista; the award-winning video short Little Louise; and Ballad of a Soldier, an independent feature film adaptation of Luis Valdez' one act drama Soldado Razo

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$15 general, $12 seniors 62+, $12 students*
2-for-1 special:   Sun. 2/27 & Thurs. 3/3 only, buy one full-price ticket ($15), get a second ticket FREE
These discounts in person at UCSC Ticket Office only:
*UCSC undergrads with VALID UCSC ID are entitled to 1 free ticket at no cost (Theater Arts fee, SUA Measure 11).

UCSC faculty, staff & alums w/ valid ID:   up to 2 tickets at $12 each

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