Josefina López Artsource Unit
Simply Maria, or the American Dream
When she was a teen, Josefina López was greatly moved by a play she saw. Inspired to become a playwright, she wrote a play about a young Hispanic girl's struggle to find her own sense of self and freedom. The girl does this by challenging the traditional part of her heritage and traveling a road, which helps her discover her own truth and direction. Lessons give steps to make up stories, write dialogue and teach how to develop characters in a play or story. Transformation, Freedom & Oppression and The Human Family are recognizable themes throughout the unit.
Video footage courtesy of KPBS-TV San Diego, Playwrights Project (San Diego, CA), and Josefina López
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