Pulling out all the stops, Teatro Visión takes on its biggest challenge yet — an opening night on a shoestring. In the episode “Opening Nights,” Spark captures all the creative trials and tribulations as the staff of this small theater company tries to fill their new 500-seat theater for the 2003 world premiere of a potentially controversial new work, “Conjunto” by Oliver Mayer.
A co-production of Teatro Visión and Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, “Conjunto” takes place during World War II and tells the story of California farm workers of Mexican, Filipino and Japanese descent. The play addresses issues surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans and the deportation of Mexican immigrants. Los Angeles playwright Mayer developed “Conjunto” at the Sundance Lab, San Jose Rep and the Mark Taper Forum New Work Festival.
Teatro Visión produces bilingual (Spanish/English) plays and their new theater boasts being the largest on the West Coast for Chicano/Latino theater. Originally named Teatro Huipil, Teatro Visión was founded in 1984 as a nonprofit arts organization. The company is committed to providing a forum for aspiring Latino/Latina actors, playwrights, directors and a host of other artists living Santa Clara County. It is also dedicated to promoting multicultural participation at all levels of the organization. In addition, the Academia de Teatro Program offers training workshops taught by its core ensemble members.
Where: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
Phone: (408) 272-9926