Salvage Vanguard Theater presents a reading of "Casta" —
July 9, 2020

Salvage Vanguard Theater presents a reading of “Casta”

The cast of "Casta" at the Salvage Vanguard Theater

Join Salvage Vanguard Theater’s staged reading of “Casta” by Adrienne Dawes, presented Friday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 and 7:30 p.m., as part of Works Progress Austin.

“Casta” is inspired by a series of casta paintings by Miguel Cabrera, a mixed-race painter from Oaxaca. Casta paintings were a unique form of portraiture that grew in popularity over the 18th century in Nueva España/colonial Mexico. The paintings depicted different racial mixtures arranged according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites.

When a lowly apprentice is commissioned to paint a casta series for a wealthy patron, he tries to conform his work to a set hierarchy. The images revolt, illuminating a complex portrait of fluid Latinx identities.

In anticipation of the 2019 premiere, this Works Progress Austin workshop will support two weeks of rehearsal time, incorporating new puppets by designer Julia Smith and new music by composer Graham Reynolds. Founding creative team members Adrienne Dawes (playwright), Jenny Larson (director) and KhattieQ (performer) will return to Austin as part of this final development process.

An ARTIST TALK with the playwright and guest speaker Laura G. Gutiérrez (Interim Chair and Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies), and Susan Deans-Smith (Associate Chair and Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, Department of History and Faculty Affiliate, Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies) will follow the August 25 performance.

 Launched in 2006, Works Progress Austin provides playwrights with the resources they need to bring their work to life.

Salvage Vanguard Theater is a nonprofit organization that provides accessible, affordable, artistic exchange between a diverse, inclusive community of artists and audiences through high quality experiences that foster experimentation and generate conversation.

Functions will be held at Hick’s House at Austin Seminary, 100 E 27th St. Tickets are $5 and available online or at the door.

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