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I Was Raised Mexican (Benefit Performance! One Day Only!)
Plaza de la Raza
Los Angeles, CA
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I Was Raised Mexican (Benefit Performance! One Day Only!)
"I was Raised Mexican" is a one-woman show written and performed by Sayda Trujillo that investigates the experience of acquired identity. Sayda will be performing one-time only as a benefit for the documentary about Boyle Heights, East LA Interchange.

"I was raised Mexican by the Mexicans that brought their Mexico to Boyle Heights. What is that? What do you take with you to make a home across the border?"

A Guatemalan girl leaves Guatemala and lands in East L.A. where she is automatically assumed and perceived to be "Mexican."  Visually, it is a peeling of layers, each offering a possible answer to "What do you see when you see me?" and " What is Mexican?" Through movement, song, and poetic text, I Was Raised Mexican draws our attention to what the immigrant carries with him/her and how this translates in their adopted new home/country. Asking, What do we carry with us?

"I Was Raised Mexican" will be performed on Sunday, August 14th, at 12:00 p.m. at Plaza De La Raza, 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031.  Tickets are $15.00 for general admission.  A limited number of premium seats in the reserved section are available at $30.00 which includes a meet and greet with the artist and filmmaker following the performance.  All proceeds benefit the documentary film, East LA Interchange.  

A proud Boyle Heightsian, SAYDA TRUJILLO writes, performs and directs physical theatre. Her work has been presented at notable places including La Mama, New York Theatre Workshop, REDCAT, Espai Brossa and English Theatre. Her performances have taken her to Germany, Spain, Guatemala and Singapore where she has also led international workshops for actors and theatre professionals. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and Dell' Arte International, Sayda teaches Voice and Movement at Pace University in New York. For more information visit,

The subject of multiculturalism in the United States is more important today than ever. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2050 African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans will increase from about a third of the population to more than half (54%).  As the American population grows more and more diverse, society wrestles with what it means to be truly multicultural.  The documentary, East LA Interchange, investigates one exceptional Los Angeles neighborhood as an example of what can be.

Boyle Heights offers a 40-year history of the rich rewards and unique challenges of living in a multiethnic community.  George Sanchez, Professor of American Studies, Ethnicity and History at USC, states Boyle Heights is, "...the best example of a place where people lived together from different backgrounds, different races, different nations for a longer period of time than other neighborhoods." By analyzing this extraordinary neighborhood throughout its multiethnic history, we see how residents faced their racial and religious differences in school, on the street, and next door.  How did Boyle Heights encourage and support diversity and tolerance? And what can we learn from the people who were part of this community during its multiethnic heyday?

East LA Interchange recounts the neighborhood's dynamic story through personal recollections of current and former residents, interviews with experts, and archival film and photographs which make its important history come alive. Currently in the production phase, East LA Interchange is scheduled for completion by 2012.  More information on the documentary as well as the trailer can be found at


Plaza de la Raza
3540 North Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031
United States

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Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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