September 14, 2012

‘Stories of Cesar Chavez’ on Stage Sept. 26 at FRCC in Longmont

“The Stories of César Chávez,” a dramatic portrayal of the civil rights activist and labor leader, will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Front Range Community College.

The Chautauqua-style performance, intended for audiences aged 13 and older, will take place in the Community Room of the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. Admission is free. Seating is limited, with FRCC students receiving priority for seating.

The Stories of Cesar Chavez_click for larger imageAward-winning actor Fred Blanco wrote and performs the one-man show. The show was developed through improvisation and interviews with Chávez compatriots, including United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta.

Blanco’s portrayal won the Best Performance award at the 2009 London, Ontario, Canada, Fringe Festival. The play offers a compelling look at Chávez and his struggle for equality through the eight characters brought to life on stage. The audience joins Chávez in one of the most difficult moments of his life, his first hunger strike in 1968. From here, the play follows him on a spiritual journey through his humble childhood to his days as a courageous labor leader.

A contributor to a web review wrote, “Drop whatever else you are doing and see this play. The effective storytelling with perfectly-crafted props, one (or two) jaw-dropping sequences, and I could continue raving. (Fred Blanco) did not inhabit his many characters, he simply breathed into them. He chose exactly the right way to connect with each one of them, and I felt I had been moved to an inspirational place just like our protagonist. It left me crying over how much I have in life.”

Blanco studied theater at California State University-Northridge and has appeared on stage and screen. He has performed for a variety of theater companies in California and for a number of diverse educational audiences.

His performance is sponsored by Colorado Humanities and FRCC as part of FRCC’s recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.


About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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