“It’s the Whole Earth Catalogue for politicos.”Wes “Scoop” Nisker, author of Crazy Wisdom
El Teatro Campesino — “The Peasants’ Theater” — is a California-based company whose performances focus on the social and political experience of Latinos in the U.S. They staged their first productions on flatbed trucks as part of César Chávez’s Delano Grape Strike in 1965, and collaborated with Peter Brook to stage performances for farm workers in the early 1970s. In the late ’70s they shifted into more heavily produced spectacles, the most famous being artistic director Luis Valdez’s “Zoot Suit,” about the false murder conviction of twenty-one young Chicanos in Los Angeles, which became the first play by a Latino to go to Broadway. Their latest work has expanded to address broader political questions like corporate power and the environment.