July 29, 1990 |
Four years ago, when she was 17, Josefina Lopez felt misunderstood by her parents. They had moved from Cerritos, in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to Los Angeles, when she was 6, hoping to give her and their other children--now eight in all--a better life. They imagined that someday she might earn a good living as a secretary, marry a nice man and have children. Instead, she wanted to go to college, become an actress or writer and have adventures.
May 3, 1999 |
Playwright-performer Josefina Lopez never seems to need a break--a quality that's been a blessing and a curse. "I'm a very multi-task person," Lopez, 30, said during a recent interview in a Hollywood bookstore-cafe filled with Mexican folk art. "I feel like I can do 20 things at once." To wit: Her eight-character play "Confessions of Women From East L.A." opened last week at Santa Ana College.
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June 26, 2012 |
They once were hawked on street corners, displayed like the finest artwork with their images of Aztec warriors, Virgin Marys, lions, pandas and unicorns. Laura Genao saw them growing up but never pictured herself owning one. "Too tacky," she thought. Years later, her mother slyly left one on her couch: a blanket with a giant tiger woven in shades of gray, black and white. It was then Genao learned what most Latinos in Los Angeles come to understand as children: Love it or hate it, chances are you're going to forge a bond with a San Marcos.
May 5, 1995 |
It is the stuff of legends. Particularly of women. And most particularly of Latinas. Playwright Josefina Lopez, best known for her Emmy-winning play "Simply Maria," always wanted to write a story about La Llorona, the "Crying Woman" of Mexican legend. Her play "Unconquered Spirits," having its world premiere at Cal State Northridge's Little Theatre, is partly based on La Llorona and partly on Latinas from other eras. "The crying woman comes from so many places," Lopez explains.
April 23, 1992 |
In the spring, the thoughts of carefree high school students lightly turn to what they are going to wear to the big prom. In the world of the play "Real Women Have Curves," the five women in Garcia's Sewing Factory in Los Angeles are also thinking about what those students are going to wear to the prom. But the thoughts aren't so so light or carefree.
April 29, 1993
Let me first congratulate you on your excellent job. However, the fact that your 10-page section (March 18) carries four advertisements for plastic surgery is insulting to me as a Latina and a woman. I know you need the ads, but you're defeating the purpose of Nuestro Tiempo, because those ads convey to women and Latinas that there's something wrong with us. That we need to be skinny, have big breasts and a perfect body. That we should change our noses, which are indigenous looking, for short European ones.