Baktun 12 Presents A New Play in Development—Showings in Salinas and San Jose


Friday November 10, 7:00pm Saturday November 11, 7:00pm

CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts & Culture

1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901

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Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana

510 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

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IYA The Esselen Remember is a powerful new script written by contemporary playwright Luis “xago” Juárez of Baktun 12 and directed by Kinan Valdez of Teatro Campesino. The play addresses past and present issues surrounding the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation.

These staged reading performances are part of the creative process that is essential to developing the script for a full production of the play. As such, feedback and input from the audience is a welcome and necessary part of the play’s evolution to the full stage. Each performance will be followed by a question and answer period with the audience.

IYA The Esselen Remember is a story about love and the importance of keeping the sacred traditions and culture of the Esselen people alive and thriving.

Set on the Monterey Peninsula, IYA The Esselen Remember tells the story of the Esselen by incorporating the tribe’s creation myth, historical accounts depicting the Spanish Mission period, the Mexican-Californio era, and the U.S. occupation and settlement and the continuing battle of Federal recognition, sovereignty and Most Likely Descendents rights to claim and rebury ancestors remains.

The play also focuses on contemporary concerns such as land-rights, gentrification and displacement; issues that face both the indigenous and non-indigenous populations of Monterey and Santa Clara counties.

The concept for the creation of IYA was originally funded by the Christensen Fund and the California Arts Council. The first renditions of the new work were performed as a staged reading in November 2015 at the World Theater, CSU Monterey Bay with the support of the CSUMB College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

These performances of IYA The Esselen Remember have been funded in part by the California Arts Council’s Local Impact program and the Arts & Culture grants program of the Arts Council for Monterey County.

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