San Francisco International Arts Festival, the Central American Resource Center and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts present: Ric Salinas stars in: PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo. A play by Paul S. Flores. Directed by Michael John Garces
Date of the Event: 
Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 8:00pm - Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 10:00pm

 

San Francisco International Arts Festival, the Central American Resource Center

and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts present:

Ric Salinas stars in:

PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo

A play by Paul S. Flores

Developed with and Directed by Michael John Garcés

 

placas card


Thurs-Sun, September 6-16, 2012

8pm; Sunday’s 3pm matinee

 

Tell Your Tattoo Story Video Shoot Party

Sat. August 18, 6:30pm

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

FREE – Box office: www.sfiaf.org (to be interviewed you must RSVP)

 

Free Pre-performance discussions Sat. Sept. 8 & 15 at 6:30pm

Sat. Sept. 8: A Report on the Gang Truce in El Salvador with Luis Rodriguez and Alex Sanchez

Sat. Sept. 15: Youth Healing: A Community Conversation

Sat. Sept. 8:  Reception with the artists following the performance

Thurs. Sept. 13: An Evening Honoring Mission Cultural Center’s 35th Anniversary

 

Tickets: $15 - $40 reserved seating.

Seniors and Full Time Students $2 Discount.

Groups of 10 or more $5 Discount per Ticket.

Call 415-399-9554 for details

 

Theatre and Box Office:

Lorraine Hansberry Theater

450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

www.sfiaf.org, 1-800-838-3006

 

 

placas: barrio slang, a code word for graffiti tags, a nickname or body tattoos.

placas is a stage drama about family, transformation and redemption that focuses on a Salvadoran former gang member in the barrio of SF trying to reclaim his family while letting go of his past. Set in today's San Francisco, it explores the benefits and risks of tattoo removal for gang members thru one man's determination to reunite his family after surviving civil war in El Salvador, immigration, deportation, prison and street violence.

placas stars Ric Salinas (Culture Clash) as Salvadoran immigrant Fausto Carbajal, a now middle-aged ex-gang member recently released after nine years in prison. As a requirement of his parole Fausto must remove the tattoos that mark him as a member of his gang. Wearied by what has been a lifetime of violence, he accepts the terms. He is determined to reunite his family, traumatized by three decades of war, forced migrations and street crime. He returns to San Francisco to live with his mother, a war refugee, and hopes to re-unite with his ex-partner, Claudia and their now teenaged son, Edgar. But Edgar, who has not seen his father for most of his life, resents Fausto and displays disturbing character traits that remind Fausto of himself in his youth. It is clear that the reunion will be difficult.

video interview See Josue Rojas’ tattoo video interview at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater on September 6.

 

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