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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 17, 2011

SWC Presents “Simply Maria, or the American Dream”


The Theatre Department of the School of Arts and Communication -- in conjunction with the SWC Women’s Resource Center, SWC Latino/Chicano Coalition and the SWC Associated Students Organization -- proudly presents “Simply Maria, or the American Dream,” written by acclaimed Latina playwright Josefina Lopez and directed by theatre instructor Ruff Yeager.

This wildly funny play tells the story of Maria, a young, precocious Latina aspiring to be an actor, and her dream of going to college. The story begins in Mexico with Maria’s parents eloping. Maria is born and shortly after they leave for the United States. Her father, Ricardo, tells Maria that in America, with education she can have the American Dream. Maria believes him and studies hard. Watch how Maria struggles to carve her own path on her own terms.

Lopez, who will attend the opening night of the play, will give a lecture 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 29 in Mayan Hall Theatre titled “Culture Clash: The Influences and Conflicts of Mexican and American Mainstream Culture on the Life of a Chicana Writer,” followed by a book signing. Both the lecture and book signing are free and open to the public.

In addition, after each performance, guest speakers from varied walks of life will address what it means to be a Chicana in the "Mi Historia, Mi Sueños" speakers series:

  • Nov.  29  - JOSEFINA LOPEZ, playwright
  • Nov. 30 – Norma Hernandez, SWC Trustee
  • Dec. 1 – Adela Garcia, IBM Program Manager (retired)
  • Dec. 2 – Mary Salas, former State Assemblywoman
  • Dec. 3 – TBA
  • Dec. 4 – ACHA Panel, Dr. Guadalupe Corona, Liliana Cerrillo & Lorraine Perales

The series’ purpose is to provide students and audience a view of diversity through cultural narratives which manifest themselves in and through the lives of Chicanas in our Southwestern College community, the professional workplace and artistic communities.


November 29 – December 4
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. November 29-December 3. The final performance on December 4 will be at 2 p.m.


$12 General Admission; $ 8 Students/Seniors/Staff
The box office will open one hour before each performance. It accepts all major credit cards, checks and cash.  Ticket information is available at (619) 482-6367.
Free parking will be available in Lot O. Handicap parking is available in Lot A. Dates maybe subject to change without notice.


Mayan Hall Theatre
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd.
Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
Driving directions and campus map at swccd.edu/map

More Information

Silvia Lugo, School of Arts and Communication, (619) 421-6700, ext. 5895

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