CASTA
performance piece, IN DEVELOPMENT
created with Salvage Vanguard Theater
 

Casta (working title) 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 that 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 but finds the images revolt, illuminating a complex portrait of fluid Latinx identities.

Casta is being developed with Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX) with a creative team that includes director Jenny Larson and composer Graham Reynolds.

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:

  • 2017 - Salvage Vanguard Theater & The Drama League (NYC), workshop
  • 2017 - Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), workshop
  • 2016 - Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), workshop

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