History Lesson

One hundred years after the Colorado National Guard, along with goons hired by mining magnate John D. Rockefeller, murdered striking coal miners and their children in the southern Colorado town of Ludlow, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center is premiering Ludlow: El Grito de Las Minas, a play about the massacre. Penned by Su Teatro artistic director Tony Garcia, it centers around the members of a Chicano family who lose their home in New Mexico and move to Colorado to work in a coal mine, only to find themselves caught in the crossfire.

History doesn’t usually acknowledge that five of the victims of Ludlow were Chicano, Garcia says. “I always want to hear those voices of our past that were silenced and give them an opportunity to be heard. So much of Chicano history is looked at as the history of ‘the other.’ There’s U.S. history, and somehow our voices got lost in that. This is an opportunity to put our voices back into that space.”

Ludlow: El Grito de Las Minas opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, and runs Thursdays through Saturdays through March 30; tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for seniors and students. For more information, go to suteatro.org or call 303-296-0219.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: March 13. Continues through March 30, 2014


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