Review by CONSTANCE JAQUAY STRICKLANDJune 16, 2019
What I liked
I loved the call of the ancestors with the drum, the traditional costumes, the mask the male monster wore and how he moved through space—
What I didn't like
It was great how it was a community project that worked together! A reminder that stories must be told by all and that every story has weight/matters that storytelling cannot just be left to a certain group of people.
My overall impression
As soon as you walk in you feel a contagious energy living in this theatre. One is immediately aware they are bearing witness to a special performance where actors and non-actors share the stage to honor the Promotoras who’ve fought for their community, the safety of their bodies, better work conditions and built a union connecting janitors across the state of California. This play is powerful. The play is full of urgency as it gives insight into the battles and wins endured by immigrant janitors who fought to protect women while working late night janitorial shifts. This fight for women led by women redefined how immigrant women were seen in the workplace. It is a testament to the power of coming together and sacrificing by any means necessary. Give this cast Best Ensemble Award! Go see this show- By the end of the show, you’ll be shouting YA BASTA, Sí Se Puede!