During the 2014 spring term, award-winning playwright José Cruz González and South Coast Repertory’s Project Engagement Director Sara Guerrero visited Dr. Theresa Dudeck’s Theatre for Social Change class to talk with students and invited faculty about their ambitious Dialogue/Diálogos project underway with the Santa Ana Community.

This community-based, two-year theatre project gathered the stories and skills of more than 1,000 Santa Ana residents initially by hosting a series of theatre-making workshops and story circles in the community. González then transformed those stories into a moving and powerful new play about community, tragedy, hope, and healing titled The Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy. Finally, a cast and crew of nearly 100 residents under the direction of Armando Molina brought The Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy to life as a site-specific performance utilizing multiple outdoor locations at Santa Ana’s Civic Center Plaza to stage the action.

Performed in Santa Ana’s Civic Center Plaza, the Saturday, September 20 production of The Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy was attended by 40 members of the Chapman community (both faculty and students). Dr. Dudeck reported, “We were taken on an exciting journey that combined González’s multilingual text with wonderful acting, live music, singing, dancing, and puppetry.  It was a magical night for everyone!”

“We would like to sincerely thank González, Guerrero, and Laura Bustamante—SCR’s Marketing Coordinator—for inviting Chapman to attend opening weekend as special guests and the Santa Ana community for making us feel so welcome,” Dudeck said.

Performances of this family-friendly production continue September 26-28.  Free reserved and/or walk-up tickets are still available for the final three performances.

For more information, visit South Coast Repertory’s website here: http://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=7336

Photo of faculty, students, cast and crew.

Some of the Chapman faculty, students and cast and crew members after the Sept. 20 performance with playwright José Cruz González and Producing Associate Sara Guerrero (just left of center).
Photo credit: Dale Dudeck.