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Mummified Deer and Other Plays Paperback – April 1, 2005
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LUIS VALDEZ is acknowledged as the founder of modern Chicano theatre and film of the United States. Born to migrant farm workers, Valdez spent his early life working in the fields with his family. Valdez joined the United Farm Workers and staged improvisational theatre to further the causes of the UFW, which led to the formation of his theatre group, El Teatro Campesino. Among his theatrical productions are The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa, Bandido, and I Dont Have to Show You No Stinking Badges. Valdez is a faculty member and the founding director of the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.
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THE SHRUNKEN HEAD OF PANCHO VILLA is subversive and clever, but it's a trifle compared to the main course in this volume, the full length MUNDO MATA, which has to be one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. This alone would make the book worth buying and cherishing. Reymundo ("King of the World") is an embittered VietNam vet who, when we first meet him, strikes us as the most evil man in town, the little Central Valley town of Burlap, a town where migrant workers live on a labor farm. Mundo has a mother, Dona Lola, enraged by her impending death, a woman who represents the only connection Mundo has with human love, even though it is a twisted sort of love the two of them share, and a love spoiled by the infinite contempt they have for other human beings. Mundo takes $5,000 a week from local growers in order to discourage the local farmworkers from joining Cesar Chavez' union. However the Chavistas move into Burlap and here the action of the story begins, because assisting the "gabacho" Whittaker is young Bullet, Mundo's little brother who stands for social justice and, in short, everything Mundo despises.
Bullet understands that Mundo's been in a tough place (Vietnam) and he recalls the days when the two boys were young and innocent together. He tells Whittaker, "The day he returned I thought his eyes looked like gaping wounds. It was like 'Ray' had been killed in action, and only 'Mundo' survived. (Pause.) Ray's still in there though. Somewhere. I just have to find a way to pull him out." Cynically Whittaker replies,. "Be careful he doesn't pull you in."
Bullet's organizing activisim enrages Mundo who decides to punish his hermano. He is having an adulterous affair with Ella, the wife of the local Sheriff, Dick Barnes, who seems to be enjoying a same-sex affair with "Sugar," a local joto. Barnes is as corrupt as they come, and he encourages Mundo to somehow assassinate poor Cesar Chavez, who is coming to Burlap to address the farm workers in two weeks. Valdez ratchets up the tension until Mundo swears that he will mop the floor with Bullet's culo. Meanwhile, Vera, the lovely young packinghouse worker, recalls the pre-Vietnam days when she was pregnant with Mundo's child! Will Mundo see the error of his ways, or will he be a self-loathing pendejo forever? One way or another, the answers will shock and surprise you. There may be slightly too many characters in MUNDO MATA, which might make mounting a production of this play difficult for some troupes, but on the other hand Brecht's epic plays are constantly finding productions and if this was a country that cared about the arts, or about social justice, there would be a showing of MUNDO MATA on every hillside and in every shopping mall in this benighted land.