Baktun12 is an East Salinas theater and media arts organization committed to the cultivation of oral histories and community actions that empower working families throughout the Salinas Valley and beyond.
A special radio broadcast of A XMAS Carol ¡y Qué!
Baktun12 presents a special radio version of "A XMAS Carol ¡y Qué!" written by Luis xago Juárez and directed by Cristal Gonzalez Avila. Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic following a young homie named Sal from the East side of Salinas. In this version, Salvador Reyes takes the place of the Ebenezer Scrooge character who, as a result of his own abusive relationships he had subjected those in his community, is forced to face his past, present and future after a former partner of his returns from the dead to deliver a message of caution.
Originally presented in 1991 as a neighborhood touring show mounted in multipurpose rooms throughout the Alisal Union School District, the play continued to be modified throughout the 90s and in the past year has taken a different shape in it's reflection of the criminalization of the young folk of our community.
Radio Version Playbill
|Playwright||Luis xago Juarez|
|Producer/ Artistic Director||Luis xago Juarez|
|Director||Cristal Gonzalez Avila|
|Musical Underscore||Alejandro Gomez|
|Creative Producer / Editor||Alfredo Avila|
|Sound Mixer Support||Ricardo Garcia|
|Graphic Design||Eduardo Z. Esparza|
|Alejandro Gonzalez||Israel Villa|
|Hector Ruelas||Jacob Juarez|
|Brandon Nuñez||Abril Esparza|
|Mauricio Samano||Luis xago Juarez|
|Camila Zenteno-Ramos||Francisco Agusto Esparza|
|Clarissa Salcedo||Diana Elia Castillo|
|Ana Barrera||Roco Ramon Contreras|
|Samuel Peralta||Laura Tinarejo|
|Daniel Ibarra||Karina Salcedo|
Thank you to this year's Cast and Crew!
B12 Live! Ep.4November 6, 2020
Part 3 of our 3 part series on housing, episode 4 is a call to action for all. Listen to the last installment of La Cortina de la Lechuga. Written and directed by Cristal Avila Gonzalez. Noelia Verwolf of Vivienda Para Todxs, and the continuation of the Ballad of Don Jose. Housing Advocate leader Matt Huerta, and a performance by Alejandro Gomez 'Flaco el Jandro'.
B12 Live! Ep.3August 28, 2020
Featuring the Monterey County Black and Brown Solidarity Coalition (@MCSC831), Ms. Carla Gonzáles, and Pastor Artis Smith. The Baktun12 teatristas with a continuation of La Cortina de la Lechuga written by Cristal Avila Gonzalez. An interview with Vivendas Para Todxs' (@VPT_Salinas) very own Victoria Kassandra Moreno Negrete Verwolf and spoken word form @VPT_Salinas and Agents of Change (@agentsofchange831) Samantha Varela.
B12 Live!April 10, 2020
Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Baktun12 comes together to bring you the voices of our partners and community, in the form of spoken word and audio theatre.
Listen to Episode 1 and 2
on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Sticher, or here.
Teatro / Theatre
An East Salinas take on the Charles Dickens Classic that follows a young homie pipelined into a life of violence and criminalization.
Written by Luis xago Juarez and directed by Kinan Valdez, this staged reading was presented at MACLA in San Jose, in partnership with Louise J. Miranda Ramirez and the Esselen Nation of Monterey County telling a story inspired by Louise and the tribe’s struggle to uphold their culture and identity after two hundred and thirty years of colonization.
A theatrical depiction of a farm worker who leaves his hometown of Los Altos, Michoacán, Mexico for the Salinas Valley to labor under a program that was only supposed to last till the end of WWII but continued till long after.
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