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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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PROGRAM INFO

Title:
Susana Alexander's One-Woman Show
Program #
1982-23
Theme:
Identity

Series:
Theater
Host:
Linda Fregoso
Guest:
Susana Alexander
Date:
Apr 29, 1982

Susana Alexander's One-Woman Show

Rosa Linda Fregoso speaks with the Mexican actress Susana Alexander about her one-woman show “Si me permiten hablar” (If you allow me to speak), which dramatizes the writings of Latin American woman. Alexander, who is best known for her work on Mexican soap operas, has been working with Mexico’s department of education since the early 1970s, developing an educational production for the nation’s schools. She explains that she wanted her show to portray the reality of women’s lives and their interactions with men, and she does so through the dramatization of a variety of women’s writings, including those of Violeta Parra and Elena Poniatowska. This episode features several clips from her show during which she acts out excerpts from indigenous poetry and writings as well as the story of Domitila, a Bolivian peasant.

Alexander explains that U.S. audiences always ask her about women’s liberation, and she answers that women in Latin America often suffer from problems different than those faced by women in the U.S. She explains that the former worries about survival in the face of poverty and political repression. Many U.S. and Latin American middle class audiences also criticize her for neglecting to consider the lives of middle class women, although Alexander says they are present in her work.

Alexander also discusses her efforts to raise people’s awareness about social injustice and her show is geared towards complacent Anglos and middle class society. She also explains that while she neglected to include Chicana women in this show, she will include their work in a future production.
of contemporary writers.

 

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