Cast of PLACAS Play Hosts Workshops

PLACAS Workshops

Workshop leading to play talks about gang-violence through spoken-word and theatre arts

The cast of PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo, a play by Paul Flores will be holding workshops and discussions with local youth-organizations and UC Merced Center for the Humanities leading to its Merced play debut on Friday, April 17th – Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Merced Theatre.
The workshops will create open-dialogues with young people and will center on gang-violence, preventions, and promoting peace. Through play-writing and spoken work, the workshops provide an opportunity to start a dialogue about violence, demonization of youth people, and how we can promote peace in our communities, according to youth-leaders from WeCed Youth Media.“Ideally, the play and workshops that follow them is just the begin to larger conversation that needs to be sustained in our communities. How are we going to heal the trauma and pain in our young people”, said Paul Flores.
The workshops and discussions will be on Tuesday, April 14th and Thursday, April 16th. The workshops are free and open to the public. We encourage all to come especially young men and women to attend. Times and locations are listed below:

Tuesday April 14th, Spoken Word Workshop w/ Symple Equazion
Location McNamara Youth Center, 1040 Canal Street, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Learn the structure of writing hip-hop soken word about your generation using personal experience; rhyme and repetition to craft a spoken word poem with social consciousness.

Thursday April 16th, PLACAS: Discussion with Paul S. Flores and Ric Salinas
Location UC Merced California Room, 5200 Lake Rd, 10:30am to 11:45pm
Performance and discussion with founding member of Culture Clash, Ric Salinas and novelist Paul Flores; In part of UC Merced Chicano/Latino literature series.

Thursday April 16th, Documentary Theatre Workshop, w/ We’Ced Youth Media
Location We’ced Youth Media Building, 1744 G. Street, 4:00pm 6:30pm
Learn how to use true stories about your community, neighborhood, true events and personal experience and perform them as theatre.