Legacy of Mexican-American labor activist César Chávez with new puppet theater production SEA

Teatro SEA celebrates the legacy of Mexican-American labor activist César Chávez with new puppet theater production“César Chávez and the Migrants” premieres as part of #MicroTheater New York, a series of short plays entering its 11th seasonNew York, NY – #TeatroSEA is proud to announce the 11th season of MicroTheater New York, a series of short productions, including the premiere of a new puppet theater production “#CésarChávezandtheMigrants (#TheCésarChávezStory),” which celebrates the life and legacy of the Mexican-American labor activist.Written and directed by Manuel Antonio Morán, the bilingual production highlights Chávez’s life story for a new generation, and premieres in connection with both #WorldPuppetryDay (March 21) and Chávez’s birthday (March 31). The play highlights Chávez’s early life as well as his partnership with #DoloresHuerta, activism with the National Farm Workers Association, the 1968 grape boycott, and his ongoing commitment to nonviolent civil rights work. “#CésarChávez is an American hero. His activism and his victories for the labor movement are well-known in California and across the West Coast, but his contributions are less familiar to many New Yorkers,” said Dr. Morán, founder, CEO and artistic director of Teatro SEA. “Through the medium of puppetry, we hope to share his legacy with a new audience and an entire generation.” The production is also inspired by Victorian-era #ToyTheater, a form of miniature theater dating back to the early 19th century, and features handmade engraved puppets designed by artist and puppeteer Cristina Arancibia Brecht. As part of the story, one of the farm laborer’s boxes of fruit is transformed into a miniature puppet theater, hosting an 8-inch high performance that tells the story of Chávez and his accomplishments. MicroTheater New York, entering its 11th season, is a series hosted by Teatro SEA that consists of short plays lasting 15 to 20 minutes, with a maximum audience of 15 per play. The format originated in Spain in 2009, and adapts to changing audience habits by letting patrons “choose their own adventure” as they decide how many short performances to attend. Each performance costs $5 and will be presented in various private spaces for several consecutive times per day. In connection with World Puppetry Day, this season’s theme is Puppets or Animated Objects for Adults. Performances:Sat. 3/19, 9:30 PMSun. 3/20, 9:30 PMMon. 3/21, 9:30 PM CELEBRATING WORLD PUPPETRY DAYThur. 3/31, 8:00 PM CELEBRATING CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAYLocation: Teatro SEA @ The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center | 107 Suffolk Street, NY 10021 (J/M/Z to Essex St. or F to Delancey St.)