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Presented By: Latina/o Studies

Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind: From sharp shooters to earthmovers, roaming dogs, helicopters in the sky, quarantines and men that fly

Virginia Grise, Theatre Artist

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Latina/o Studies welcomes you for a conversation with Virginia Grise where she will discuss the developmental process of adapting Helena María Viramontes' novel Their Dogs Came with Them for the stage, a story about the destruction and displacement of a Mexican American community when six intersecting freeways are built right through the heart of the neighborhood. In 2018, Grise adapted and staged Their Dogs Came with Them at a medium security women’s prison in Goodyear, Arizona with a team of collaborators from both inside and outside the prison. Six months later, the play was staged site-specifically under the I-19 Freeway in Tucson, Arizona with a community cast of scholars, organizers and actors.

Virginia Grise is a recipient of the Yale Drama Award, Whiting Writers' Award, the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing, and the Playwrights’ Center’s Jerome Fellowship. Her published work includes Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press), blu (Yale University Press), The Panza Monologues co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press) and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press).

In addition to plays, she has created a body of work that is interdisciplinary and includes multimedia performance, dance theater, performance installations, guerilla theater, site specific interventions, and community gatherings. Virginia has taught writing for performance at the university level, as a public school teacher, in community centers, women’s prisons, and in the juvenile correction system. She holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts and is the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at Cara Mía Theatre in Dallas, Texas and a Matakyev Research Fellow at the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University.

November 3rd, 2021
6:00pm - 7:30pm
3512 Haven Hall
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