No Roosters In The Desert by Kara Hartzler EMU '94

Where University Commons, MainStage Theater

Duration 2 hours

In this riveting play – based on actual interviews by Anna Ochoa O’Leary – four women trek the desert towards the American dream. On their way they push the limits of their physical and emotional endurance, as they establish profound yet fragile connections with each other through the magical storytelling of the youngest of them, an indigenous woman from Chiapas. Directed by EMU theater prof. Heidi Winters Vogel.

This performance is followed by a audience talkback with special guest Mary Watkins.
Mary Watkins, Ph.D., is a core faculty member in the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Coordinator of its community and ecological fieldwork and research, and Co-Chair of its specialization in community psychology, liberation psychology, and ecopsychology. She is the co-author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation and Talking With Young Children About Adoption, author of Waking Dreams and Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues, and a co-editor of Psychology and the Promotion of Peace. She works at the interfaces between Euro-American depth psychologies and psychologies of liberation from Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has worked as a clinical psychologist with adults, children, and families, and has also worked with small and large groups around issues of immigration, peace, alternatives to violence, envisioning the future, diversity, vocation, and social justice. She was a member of a participatory research team at PUEBLO, a Latino rights grassroots organization. Their work collecting testimonios from immigrants without documents in Santa Barbara has resulted in a book In the Shadows of Paradise: Testimonies from the Undocumented Immigrant Community in Santa Barbara. She is a Peacebuilding Associate of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, and a member of the national Steering Committee for Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR).

Performance Dates:
Friday, October 12, 2012 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 14, 2012 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 26, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.

Rose Jantzi as Marcela
Amanda Chandler as Guadalupe
Makayla Baker as Alejandra
Morgan Porter as Luisa
Joo-Ah Lee, Chris Parks and Meggan Garcia-Sheridan – Movement Chorus

Intended Audience General Public

Tags ALUMNI, CJP, THEATER, Intellectual Life, Arts

Contact Information

Name Theater Dept

Phone # 540.432.4360