MECA celebrates Chavez

Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts celebrates the birthday of Cesar Chavez and the struggles of the United Farm Workers of America Movement with the presentation of Papi, Me and César Chávez, April 1-2 at MECA Dow School Auditorium, beginning at 8 p.m.

The play is told by Gloria, the 10-year old daughter of migrant farm workers. As the play develops, Gloria witnesses protesters led by César Chávez advocating for safe working conditions and fair wages through strikes and nonviolent rallies. The story is interspersed with scenes led by a Teatrista, who further explores the life of a farm worker through dialogue and short demonstrations with the audience participants.

The play’s aim is to celebrate and preserve Mexican-American culture and speak to social issues that affect people’s everyday lives. Through humor, audience-interaction and emotion, we recognize and celebrate the lives of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. The play includes a group of musicians who perform songs written in tandem with Papi, Me and César Chávez. The play is directed by Jaime Zelaya of community playhouse and features community actors, including MECA students. 

Papi, Me and César Chávez is as much a play about family as it is about the UFW. It was written by Anthony Garcia and highlights the impact Chávez’s actions had upon a family of farm workers.

The play is a collaboration between MECA, (Houston, TX) and El Centro Su Teatro (Denver, CO) and was created through a grant from the National Performance Network.

MECA is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network. Major contributors of NPN include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts , MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. For more information, visit

Admission is $8 per person (all ages). Order by calling 866-468-7621 or going online to Tickets at the door are $12 per person

For additional information on this and other 2011 performances & exhibits, contact Angel Quesada or visit


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