“It is a fictionalized imagining of what those 48 hours were like, through the experience of a handful of people who are not real people,” says Garcia.
At the time, some in the Chicano movement argued that the government killed the activists; others said the six accidentally killed themselves.
“People are not going to walk away with an answer where it’s going to be nice and tightly fit,” Garcia says. “It begins with an explosion and it ends with an explosion. Even though we know the beginning and the end, we can only speculate about what happened in between.
“There’s a quote from Alfred Hitchcock that I stumbled on: ‘The terror is not in the boom. It’s in the anticipation of it.’ This has been the guiding aesthetic for the piece.”
The play premieres tonight at 7:30 p.m. and runs through June 29 at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive. Tickets are $20, or $17 for students and seniors. For more information, call 303-296-0219 or go to suteatro.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 2 p.m. Starts: June 12. Continues through June 28, 2014