UW-Parkside Hosts One-Man Play: Carpa Revolution

Published: October 5, 2023

Carpa RevolutionSomers, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin-Parkside sponsored the creation of a one-man play by Fred Blanco, titled Carpa Revolution. The play depicts the struggles of the Mexican Revolution and relating the Mexican experience to the struggles of today. Last year the campus hosted a prelude of the performance.

The production will be making its debut with a showing on Thursday Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at UW-Parkside. The second performance will be on Friday Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Kenosha Creative Space. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The play is made possible by a grant from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and Excelencia in Education. The one-man theatrical presentation ‘Carpa Revolution’ chronicles the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The story is told through the eyes of a Mexican vaudevillian, Mario, during the backdrop of the revolution and the traveling tent shows of Mexico, known as Las Carpas De Mexico.

A great deal of the process has been involved in in-depth research, writing, and character development to bring the best perspective, breadth, and heart of the rebels and civilians during the Mexican Revolution. Audience members will engage with the host of characters in this dynamic, emotional, and original live theatre storytelling experience.

Gia Gutierrez, Program Manager and Deans Assistant of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, comments that the project is a “celebration of history, culture and the importance of social sciences in present times.”

The creator and actor of the stage presentation is Fred Blanco, a Los Angeles based actor. Blanco performs a solo show based on the life of Civil Rights leader Cesar Chavez. Having written and developed this piece from interviews and extensive workshops, the show now tours internationally. The Stories of Cesar Chavez continues to provide educational outreach throughout the country. Nationally, he demonstrates the power of art to open a space where people can discuss relevant social issues.

This event is free and open to the public, rsvp at www.uwp.edu/carpa

For questions or to reserve group tickets please contact Gia Gutierrez at gutierrg@uwp.edu or call 262-595-3001.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. We are a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.


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