AUGUST 29, 1970, A DAY TO REMEMBER
TEATRO URBANO PRESENTS THE LONGEST RUNNING CHICANO PLAY
THE SILVER DOLLAR
The Silver Dollar, Written by Rene Rodriguez and Directed by Rosemary Soto Rodriguez, Produced by Susan Quiles.
A special August 29, performance and commemoration of the life of Ruben Salazar will take place at 6:00 pm at CASA Ontario, 200 S. Euclid Ave., Suite B, Ontario, CA 91762. Guest Speakers will include Rosalie Urias Muñoz, who was the co-chair of the Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War, a Los Angeles protest march of over 20,000 Mexican Americans in August 29, 1970, the day Ruben Salazar was killed.
Gloria Arellanes joined the Brown Berets in 1967. The Brown Berets worked on building community programs, the first was the Barrio Free Clinic, which Gloria was given the responsibility of coordinating. In 1969, She was made the official clinic director. She organized a women’s group, Las Adelitas de Aztlan, and today, she is a celebrated figure of early Chicana feminist nationalism in the U.S. She is also recognized a “Grandmother” of the indigenous Gabrielino-Tongva Nation.
Jose Zapata Calderon is Emeritus Professor in Sociology and Chicano Studies at Pitzer College and President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the Pomona Valley and San Gabriel Valley. As the son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico, he has had a long history of connecting his organizing and academic work with community-based participatory action research, critical pedagogy, and social movement activism.
After the presentations, the performance of The Silver Dollar will start at 8:00 pm. Thereafter the play will run Friday and Saturdays, September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17,22 and 24. At CASA Ontario, 200 S. Euclid Ave., Suite B, Ontario, CA 91762. Tickets $12.00, Seniors, Students $10.00 (no one will be turned away if short on funds)
STAGE REVIEW : Re-Creating a Tragedy : Theater: Teatro Urbano commemorates the death of Ruben Salazar with performances of ‘The Silver Dollar’ at the East L.A. bar where the newsman was killed.
August 21, 1990| SYLVIE DRAKE | TIMES THEATER WRITER
Teatro Urbano has redefined theatre verite .
Not content merely to commemorate the 20th anniversary of newsman Ruben Salazar’s death, it has restaged it at the scene–the Silver Dollar Bar on Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles. That’s taking realism one step beyond.
“The Silver Dollar,” written and directed by Teatro Urbano’s Rene Rodriguez, is a one-act in four scenes that offers a fictitious account of events inside the bar just before Salazar was killed. What had brought the 42-year-old journalist to the place 20 years ago was the breakout of rioting. Twenty thousand Chicanos were walking from Belvedere Park to Laguna Park (renamed Salazar Park since then) to protest the Vietnam War. This National Chicano Moratorium March followed a route up Whittier when tensions reached a peak triggering violence.
By all accounts, Salazar, a columnist and former foreign correspondent for The Times, and fellow newsman Guillermo Restrepo came into the bar to use the restroom and order a beer. Minutes later, sheriff’s deputies fired a tear gas canister into the room. The 10-inch projectile hit Salazar and killed him. Accident or design?
Photo By RAUL RUIZ
A peaceful rally proved otherwise as LA PD attacked Chicano demonstrators resulting in the death of Ruben Salazar and two others. The play ‘The Silver Dollar’ revisits…
THE SILVER DOLLAR, promises to be “A Day to Remember” as it takes you back August 29, 1970…the day of the “Chicano Moratorium March” & Rally Against The War in Viet Nam & the killing of legendary journalist Ruben Salazar. The play takes you inside the Silver Dollar Bar & reconstructs what may have happened in the bar on that fateful day.
A special August 29, performance and celebration of the life of Ruben Salazar will take place at 6:00 pm. Guest Speakers will include Rosalie Urias Muñoz, who was the co-chair of the Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War, a Los Angeles protest march of over 20,000 Mexican Americans in August 29, 1970, the day Ruben Salazer was killed.
Cast: Alegria, Rene A. Rodriguez, Estrella Rodriguez, Robert Alejo, Alegria Cielo, Ronin Rodarte, Leticia Perez, Antonio Gutierrez, David Herrera,, George Lopez and Ynocencia.