ESTRAWBERY FIELDS FOREVER TACKLES THE FIRST-GENERATION POSTGRADUATE EXPERIENCE
Los Angeles, CA, August 11,2021 – Verenice Zuniga makes her Hollywood Fringe Festival debut in Estrawbery Fields Forever directed by Katherine Arevalo. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a B.F.A in Acting and B.A in Environmental Studies, Verenice Zuniga moved back to Oxnard, CA, where she wrote a series of poems dedicated to her first generation experience as the daughter of two strawberry fieldworkers. These poems transformed themselves into a one-person show. In this 30-minute solo show the audience is thrown into the living room of a crammed two-bedroom apartment where La Graduada begins to unpack her family trauma and the generational wounds that guide her path forward.“Estrawbery Fields Forever” premiers August 14th at 8:30 pm at the Broadwater on 6322 Santa Monica Blvd. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or on the Hollywood Fringe Festival website by using the following link:
A recent NBC News report revealed that millennial Latinas with bachelor’s and graduate degrees grew by over 70% in the past two decades. This statistic alone showcases the weight education holds for the Latine community and the huge strides they’re taking to climb the socio-economic ladder in the United States. In Estrawbery Fields Forever, La Graduada, unpacks what “an education” means to each of her family members. She is grappling with the current state of student loan debt she’s in and the immense debt she’s in with her family who sacrificed so much for her. . Through poetry, this piece explores immigrant family dynamics, the financial impact of higher education on first-generation students, and the psychological toll of the American Dream.
Verenice Zuniga and Katherine Arevalo met at UC Santa Barbara where they both bonded over their commitment to diverse storytelling and the power it has to change the way marginalized communities are seen.
See the show Saturday, August 14th at 8:30 and August 22nd at 3:30pm at The Broadwater (Black Box) (6322 Santa Monica Blvd.).
If you would like more information please email Verenice Zuniga at [email protected] or text/call at (805) 827-7954