The Mussel Slough Chronicles – A California Tragedy

Unknown story, except for Hanford locals, where a gunfight in 1880 took the lives of eleven. Poor farmers, unfairly called sand-lappers, worked to make California Central Valley an agricultural mecca, what it is today. However, it came at a price. Trickery, thievery, railroad deception and corruption from railroad executives, and Leland Stanford minimizing the impact of these farmers, justice had to be sought. These hard working farmers developed a league to pool their finances to plead their case in court. However, the Railroad had other plans. Play in progress for the Kings County Historical Society and all Hanford history buffs. Play reading was posponed from May 9, 2020 due to the pandemic and is rescheduled for Fall 2021, in Hanford, California.

Commissioned play by the Kings County Historical Society

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Don’t Just Look

Originally was to be presented as a puppet show production with closed caption projected on one of our screens, and sign language interpreters nearby. Made into a film with caption and sign language embedded. Now available on YouTube.

Story follows Huey and Louee. They watch a grandmother fight off a mugger with her karate skills, but the mugger tricks her. She shames Huey and Louee for just watching and not doing anything to help her. Ashamed for being observers instead of helpers, they go on a journey to be better citizens. Film has closed caption and sign language. First viewing in November 2020.

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Boxcar / El Vagon in San Francisco

Again, back in San Francisco, the script off today’s front news page about people hoping for betterment in the United States but stuck in a boxcar by human smugglers. Hope and desperation collide in this play which actually started the career of this playwright. Slated for production in March 2020 by Teatro Latino de San Francisco (AKA San Francisco City Theater Company) POSTPONED TO 2022.

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Waiting Women production at the Hanford Carnegie Museum

Waiting Women production at the Hanford Carnegie Museum

The multicultural play takes you back to the old west where women of all backgrounds present higher in numbers than is traditionally thought. In fact, the last stage coach robbery in Arizona Territory was done by a woman. This unique production zig zags through Pearl Hart’s life of crime and infamous notoriety. Her celebrity status changes when her accomplice, dopey Joe Boot, escapes the prison. Humbled, she realizes her hardships are nothing compared to women of color in that era.

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