The celebrated play will make its Orange County debut on Thursday-Saturday February 11-13, 2016 brought by playwright Paul S. Flores, Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities (SABHC), and Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble. Performances take place at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. The play explores many themes including: gangs, incarceration, police conduct, family restoration, and post prison re-entry. PLACAS sparks a conversation about the need to understand the realities and obstacles of affected youth and families. Tickets will be complimentary for Santa Ana residents and UCI students.
Directed by the Latino Theater Company’s Fidel Gomez, PLACAS (barrio slang for body tattoos) stars Ric Salinas, a founding member of the critically acclaimed performance group CULTURE CLASH, as Fausto “Placas” Carbajal, a Salvadoran immigrant who tries to reclaim his family while letting go of his gangbanger past.
PLACAS is written by acclaimed spoken word artist Paul S. Flores. Flores interviewed more than 100 gang members, parents and intervention workers in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and El Salvador to develop material for the script. Salinas’ role of Fausto is loosely based on the experiences of ex-gang member Alex Sanchez, founder of the Los Angeles based violence prevention non-profit Homies Unidos.
“The PLACAS play conveys a powerful message that second chances through an Restorative Justice (RJ) based process of accountability are possible and more importantly that RJ as a process and as a practice will transform the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline and the way our communities think about and collectively walk towards Justice.” – Abraham Medina, Program Director Santa Ana Boys and Men of Color
This is a limited engagement. Other actors in the cast include Ricardo Salinas, Zilah Mendoza, Xavi Moreno, Sarita Ocón, Eric Aviles, Emiliano Torres and Edgar Barboza.
The performances will start at 7:30 p.m. at 655 Town Center Drive, in Costa Mesa.
Event parking in structures is $10 cash only. The parking structure is not owned or operated by South Coast Repertory.
A very special THANK YOU to South Coast Repertory (SCR) for providing The Nicholas Studio to host the PLACAS production!
ABOUT PAUL S. FLORES
Residents, youth, and organizations collaborate in three workgroups called: Equity for All, Health for All, and Restorative Justice. Each workgroup seeks to achieve systems and policy changes that advance human rights, such as: improved health, safety, youth development, education, economic development, land use, and community engagement. http://www.sa-bhc.org/
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Salinas, who was born in El Salvador, said of the play, “Living in San Francisco in the 1980s, a time when the war sent many refugees to places like San Francisco’s Mission District, I saw first-hand how this wave of immigrants impacted the neighborhoods and how the realities of trying to adapt to living in the U.S. impacted Salvadorans. I was almost killed trying to prevent gang violence in front of my home in the Mission, so it is something I have first-hand experience with. I agreed to play Fausto because I’m hoping that by telling his story, it will allow audiences, old and young, to experience and learn about the consequences when loved ones become caught up in gang activity.”