Directed by Karen Alvarado
November 14th-24th, 2019
AFTERSHOCK/LA RÉPLICA is a world premiere stage-play that explores new dimensions of Latinx military service.
The Latinx soldiers and citizens in this play expect military service to reinforce their identity and ideas about family, patriotism, and even sexuality, but the military is often a place that mixes up the moral compass, and one’s sense of self, and invents a new identity.
Here in 2019, white nationalists are trying to jam Latinos into second-class citizenship, and art that tells our story is the surest way to crush their lies beneath our feet. Latino military service has always been a way for us to prove our status both as providers for our families, and as protectors of our country. This November, we get the chance to honor the service and lives of our ancestors and families by looking at the messy, sexy details of what it means to be a Latinx U.S. soldier.
The script draws on first-person narratives, interviews, archival sources, Latinx poetry, veteran writings, rumors, legends, and some of the best ATX imaginations. Thinkery & Verse, Teatro Vivo, Canopy Theatre, and ArtSpark are proud to be a part of the inaugural Austin Veteran Arts Festival (AVA Fest) at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The ‘MACC’ is Austin’s only theater venue located in the lightning hot Rainey Street district.