2102 E 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033
Inspired by the real-life experiences of ex-gang member Alex Sanchez, Culture Clash’s Ric Salinas stars in the story of a Salvadoran immigrant who tries to reclaim his family while letting go of his gangbanger past. PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo by 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award-winner and celebrated spoken word artist Paul S. Flores gets a limited two-week run at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights from February 18 through February 28.
Directed by Latino Theater Company’s Fidel Gomez and originally developed with Cornerstone’s Michael John Garcés, PLACAS is a bilingual tale of fathers and sons, transformation and redemption that illuminates one man’s determination to reunite his family after surviving civil war in El Salvador, immigration, deportation, prison and street violence.
In addition to Salinas, the PLACAS ensemble includes Eric Aviles, Edgar Barboza, Zilah Mendoza, Xavi Moreno, Sarita Ocón and Emiliano Torres.
In street culture, placas (barrio slang for body tattoos) signify an individual member’s unswerving loyalty to the gang and also serve as a mechanism to create a new identity. Using Fausto’s tattoos as a metaphor, PLACAS explores the process of tattoo removal as one possible path for former gang members to move forward. Laser tattoo removal is a complicated and painful procedure that can take years to conclude, and it is especially risky for ex-gang members because their former comrades see it as betrayal and may target those who seek treatment.
A theater artist, writer, social commentator, activist and founding member of Culture Clash, Salinas was born in El Salvador and immigrated to San Francisco’s Mission District when he was 12.
“Living in San Francisco in the eighties, the time when the war sent many refugees to places like San Francisco's Mission District, I saw first hand how this wave of immigrants impacted the neighborhoods and how the realities of trying to adapt to living in the U.S. impacted Salvadorans,” he says. “I was almost killed trying to prevent gang violence in front of my home in the Mission, so it is something I have first hand experience with.”
“What a gang member has to go through to be human is huge,” Flores explained in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “There's a mangled sense of identity, of life outside the gang clashing with the code of the gang. How do you recover from that? How does a man like Fausto recover his humanity after a lifetime of war and violence?”
PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. from Feb. 18 through Feb. 28. Tickets are $15 when purchased purchased online in advance and $20 at the door. Casa 0101 is located in Boyle Heights at 2102 E 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033. For more information, to purchase tickets and to find a schedule of free workshops, events, public forums and panels to be held in conjunction with the performances, call (323) 263-7684 or go to www.casa0101.org.
PLACAS includes the use of Spanish, strong language, and simulated violence. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
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