WPA: Casta August 2018
Works Progress Austin: Casta by Adrienne Dawes
Casta is inspired by a series of casta paintings by Miguel Cabrera, a mixed-race painter from Oaxaca. Casta paintings were a unique form of portraiture that grew in popularity over the 18th century in Nueva España/colonial Mexico. The paintings depicted different racial mixtures arranged according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites.
When a lowly apprentice is commissioned to paint a casta series for a wealthy patron, he tries to conform his work to a set hierarchy. The images revolt, illuminating a complex portrait of fluid Latinx identities.
In anticipation of the 2019 premiere, this Works Progress Austin workshop will support 2 weeks of rehearsal time, incorporating new puppets by designer Julia Smith and new music by composer Graham Reynolds. Founding creative team members Adrienne Dawes (playwright), Jenny Larson (director) and KhattieQ (performer) will return to Austin as part of this final development process. An ARTIST TALK with the playwright and guest speakers on Aug 25th following the afternoon performance.
DIRECTIONS TO HICKS HOUSE:
Turn into the Seminary from E. 30th St. It will be a left turn if you're coming from Speedway and a right turn if you're coming from Guadalupe.
Follow the campus road all the way down until it curves left and dead ends. Hicks House will be on the left (you'll see picnic tables & a playground). Park in any of the available spots.