Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Chavez Ravine: Strength of losing community
by Kasahara, Naomi, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 10; 1490297
Abstract (Summary)

In order to understand the world of the play Chavez Ravine, I researched the facts and the history of the public housing project that resulted in the removal of the primarily Mexican-American families from the area of Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles. The cruelty shown in the historical photographs fueled and inspired my scenic design to depict the world of a community crushed to death under a giant government power. The depiction of the rubble and wreckage left on the ground suggested the loss of a community in my design. A scenic representation of the rubble helped to inform audiences of the demolition and sense of loss felt by the people. The design of the space emphasized the main concept; despite the unjust demolishing of the Chavez Ravine community, memories still remain.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Korogodsky, Danila
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Design, Theater, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: California, Culture Clash
Publication Number: 1490297
ISBN: 978-1-124-54573-8
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