Luis Valdez's Los Vendidos Essays

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Luis Valdez's Los Vendidos

"Los Vendidos," which translates from the literal Spanish to "The Sold Ones" or a more appropriate translation of the title is "The Sell Outs." This is a satiric play written by Luis Valdez and performed by "El Teatro Campesino," which translates into "The Farmworkers’ Theater." El Teatro Campesino, founded by Luis Valdez in 1965, was a group of California farmworkers who put together "Actos," or "Skits." These "Actos" were made mainly to entertain "striking farmworkers, support them in their marches, and attract public attention to their strikes and organization" (http://www.pbs.org/chicano/bios/lvaldez.html). Though there is much comedy in the play, it brings about many important social issues that
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The same day "on August 29, a National Chicano Moratorium protest [against the Vietnam War] in Laguna Park attracts 30,000 people. Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales and Albert Gurule are prevented from speaking and are arrested on charges of robbery and carrying a concealed weapon (they are later acquitted). Police use clubs and tear gas to break up the peaceful demonstration" (http://www.pbs.org/chicano/19661970.html). The innocent life of Ruben Salazar is taken away because of the U.S. Government’s inhumane and ignorant way with dealing with the situation. A situation that did not involve a riot, but instead a "peaceful demonstration" that police broke up by using "clubs and tear gas." To add to this unfair treatment, the arrests of "Corky" Gonzales and Albert Gurule happened because of charges that they never committed, which they were acquitted for later. These two innocent men could have ended up in jail, maybe each serving a life term, in turn taking away their lives as well.

In the second part of the video, our class saw an "acto." Cesar Chavez described these "actos," directed by Luis Valdez and performed by El Teatro Campesino, as "muy interesantes, chistosos, y representan la realidad de la vida del campesino." This translates to mean that the skits were "very interesting, funny, and represent the reality of the life of the farmworker." The "acto" that we saw in class was called "Los Vendidos," directed by

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