PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo (2016)

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Placas is a slang word that refers to the tattoos marking one's affiliation with a gang. In this play, Salvadorian refugee Fausto is determined to turn his life around and prevent his son from following the violent path he had to endure. The painful and lengthy tattoo removal procedure serves as a metaphor for Fausto's own life journey. A tattoo, a symbol of permanence, poses the question: can a person ever erase their own past? "There is no such a thing as a 'former' gang member, but there might be a second chance," says Fausto in his opening monologue. Paul Flores also portrays the difficult migration dynamics faced by people fleeing the Salvadorian Civil War. Fausto's son grew up ostracized inside a migrant neighborhood in San Francisco, where he loathes his father and his past, but he might nonetheless mirror his father's steps because of the limited life choices available to him. The quest for belonging, familiarity, and community are at the heart of the play, where familial and kinship models, based on either blood or violent allegiance, are blurred.


Additional Info

  • Título: PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video
  • Duração: 1:48:37
  • Idioma: English, Spanish
  • Data da performance: 2/4/2016
  • Cast/Performers: Ricardo Salinas, Zilah Mendoza, Xavi Moreno, Sarita Ocón, Emiliano Torres, Eric Aviles, Edgar Barbosa
  • Credits: Commissioned by Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF), and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, MACLA, El Centro Su Teatro, Pregones Theatre Company, Gala Hispanic Theatre and the National Performance Network; Produced by CARECEN, SFIAF, and Paul S. Flores; Originally Directed by and Developed with Michael John Garces; 2016 Touring production directed by Fidel Gomez; Written by Paul S. Flores