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
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
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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