The Mexican-American Experience play by famed playwright Luis Valdez will be showing for two nights at the Chamizal National Memorial on November 13-14, 2015.

Luis Valdez is regarded as the father of Chicano theater and is an American playwright, actor, writer and film director. Valdez is best known for his movie, La Bamba, and his popular 1979 play, Zoot Suit.


'Soldado Razo' (The Private)
The tale is told by Death acted out under his direction by a mother and father, their 20-year-old son Johnny, Johnny's fiancé and his little brother, as Johnny goes off to fight in the Vietnam War. Like many morality plays, it is often comic which makes the ending to this play a heart-wrenching experience.

'Los Vendidos' (The Sellouts)
The play is set in Honest Sancho's Used Mexican Lot and Mexican Curio Shop, a fictional Californian store that apparently sells various "models" (robots) of stereotypical Mexicans and Mexican-Americans that buyers can manipulate by simply snapping their fingers and calling out commands.

'No Saco Nada de la Escuela' (Didn't Take Anything from School)
This describes an expression and interpretation of the United States school system in a sarcastic way. Valdez illustrates that students from another nationality, color of skin are likely misunderstood, judged and pressured to fit in. This pressure is due to their socials status and their basic education at home which are different from the high class children.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $8 for full-time students with a valid ID; seniors 65 and older; and active duty military. For groups of 10 or more who reserve their tickets at least 48 hours in advance, tickets are $6 each. All seating is general admission. You can make reservations by calling (915) 474-4275.

  • The Mexican-American Experience
  • Nov. 13 - 14, 2015
  • Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
  • Chamizal National Memorial
  • 800 S. San Marcial Street