Hobart students dramatize the circumstances of 1960s migrant workers by performing Chicano playwright’s work at Geneva High School
February 13, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.— Darlyn Del Rosario, Evan Griswold and Oscar Veras performed the one-act play “Las dos caras del patroncito” (“The Two Faces of Our Dear Boss”) as part of a multicultural event at Geneva High School on Friday, Feb. 7.
The play was written by Luis Valdez, considered the father of Chicano theater. Valdez is the founder of the El Teatro Campesino, a theater company of migrant workers who performs skits based on their experiences. In “Las dos caras del patroncito” a wealthy and powerful landowner orders a Mexican farm worker to trade identities with him. After doing so the landowner, deprived of his privileged status, understands firsthand the injustices suffered by agricultural laborers and becomes an ardent supporter of Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers union.
The three students performed the play as a community service project for their studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Griswold, a junior from E. Stroudsburg, Pa., is a member of the Hobartones, a male a cappella singing group. He also participates in the HWS mock trial team and the campus theater group, starring in past performances of “This is Our Youth,” “Benefactors” and “Treats.” He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Philip A. Griswold.
Veras, a junior from the Bronx, N.Y., is an economics major, president of the Colleges’ Latin American Organization and the recipient of the John K. Walker Endowed Scholarship for academic excellence. He is the son of Oscar R. Veras and Mirian L. Vargas.
Del Rosario, a sophomore from New York, N.Y., is the son of Ramon and Carmen Del Rosario.