Power to the People (2001)

Power to the People (2001) HIDVL

Power to the People was created in 2001 by El Teatro Campesino's Lakin Valdez, Kinan Valdez and Ruben Gonzalez. The play is a response to the incidents involving Enron, PG&E and California Governor Gray Davis in 2001, in which a false power crisis created by Enron (who had recently begun to sell power to PG&E) resulted in increased power bills and rolling blackouts for California residents. It was later discovered that there was no power crisis, and California residents felt that Governor Davis had responded poorly to the situation --this and other circumstances led to the historic recall election when Governor Davis lost to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The creators of the piece wanted to re-examine the historical roots of the Deregulation Bill of 1996. The aesthetic of the Power to the People follows the original ETC style of "actos," which the group originally used in the fields during the farmworkers' strikes in Delano, California during the 1960s. This acto was performed up and down California, in collaboration with the Power to the People Coalition. This is a good representation of the future generation of El Teatro Campesino while simultaneously representing ETC's past.


Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/bk3j9knp

Additional Info

  • Title: Power to the people
  • Alternate Title: PG & E action
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:16:47
  • Language: English
  • Date: Feb 2001
  • Location: The Women's Building, San Francisco, California.
  • Type-Format: play, performance, community theater
  • Cast: Ruben Gonzalez, Anahuac Valdez, Kati Valdez, Lakin Valdez, Primavera Valdez, David Alvarez.
  • Credits: El Teatro Campesino, producer ; Kinan Valdez, director ; Lakin Valdez, Kinan Valdez, Ruben Gonzalez, writers ; Mino Valdez, music.
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