Tejana Rasquacha: Chueca y Jodida
Tejana Rasquacha is a fictionalized memoir about living and loving in Texas.
Payasa U.S.A. is a play adapted from my short story, Clarissa La Risa, part of my “Ruby Reds, Big Birds y Burras” linked short story collection. The story follows Clarissa from Big City Mexico el D.F. to San Antonio, Texas. She is a working-class artist and single mother trying to make it as a Spanish language undocumented clown in her 40s; she still thinks she can make it. Her daughter, Lisa, is a Dreamer who hates performing along-side her mom onstage. Together they decide what is worth sacrificing for in today’s U.S.A.
Anton Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short story writer who died in 1904; his plays, such as “The Cherry Orchard” and “Three Sisters,” are still widely produced in the American theater today. Chekhov and his contemporary Konstantin Stanislavski are, in fact, still central to actor training in the United States. “Chicana Chekhov” is a stage adaptation of three of his short stories by Chicana Marisela Barrera. Although text selection is in progress, a working-class sensibility will be emphasized.