UTSA faculty member presents free, one-woman show Nov. 6

Carmen Tafolla

Writer Carmen Tafolla
>> View an interview and with Carmen Tafolla and a performance from her one-woman show ("Great Day SA," KENS-TV, 11/4/09)

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(Nov. 4, 2009)--The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will present a transcultural theatrical performance by internationally renowned writer Carmen Tafolla in a one-woman show, "Las Voces de San Antonio." The performance, free and open to all ages, will be at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6 in the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

A visiting faculty member in the UTSA Mexican-American Studies program in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, Tafolla will portray nine characters she has met as a native of the Alamo City. Representing struggles, strength, courage and character, the dramatic performance has been performed in Europe and Mexico and at various universities including Ohio State and Cornell.

"These are the voices of my West Side neighborhood, my block on San Fernando Street," said Tafolla. "It's a tremendous affirmation for me when people come up after the show and are emotionally moved because they can relate closely to the characters they saw on stage in their own lives."

Tafolla has been writing and reading her literature for 34 years and joined the UTSA Mexican American Studies program in August. Last week, she received the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award for her book, "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans."

"I hope people leave the theater really proud of themselves, of this city and of the cultures that surround them," said Tafolla. "Everything that we are exposed to becomes part of our culture."

The event is sponsored by the UTSA Provost's Core Values Initiative, UTSA College of Education and Human Development, UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and the Mexican American Studies program.

"Las Voces de San Antonio" is one of the funded proposals as part of the UTSA Core Values Initiative program that began last spring under the leadership of UTSA Provost John Frederick. The Core Values Initiative fosters UTSA's core values of integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation. It was created following the development of UTSA's 10-year strategic plan, "A Shared Vision: UTSA 2016," which includes mission and vision statements to guide UTSA's future.

For more information on the UTSA Provost's Core Values Initiative, contact Debra Jamison, Office of the Provost, at (210) 458-4969.