Combat Hippies | Art Loft 704 Segment

Combat Hippies | Art Loft 704 Segment


We’re an all Puerto Rican
veteran theater company. Rich in countries. Good. Terrorists. Bad. President. Good. Bad. Good. Bad. Good. Bad. Tell me a little bit
about who you guys are and how you got started. So we’re a theater company
of Puerto Rican veterans. I met our artistic director
Telo Castianos in 2015, to just do a veterans
writing workshop, and I reached to Diser,
our mutual friends, who joined together, with
just the idea of getting together and
telling our stories. And I was on
board immediately. Once a country
is in the shake, lock and loaded my M16
after boarding the. We created a theater company
from the writing workshop, and we’re currently in
production for a show titled Amal. Fireworks or BBIED? Rush hour traffic
or a convoy to biop? They’re still shaking. The show delves into the
topic of war from multiple perspectives. So we speak from the perspective
of people who are engaged in the actual fighting,
also those who are displaced by the fighting, right? We could see the greed
in Lady Liberty’s eyes, lust in Uncle Sam’s
quivering lips, and wrath, in Jim Crow’s clipped
wings from a thousand miles away. Also too, being
all Puerto Ricans, we trace our ancestry and
our native culture as well. (speaks in foreign language)
You know our combat experience is,
we’re very significant times in our lives,
but they’re a part of our story. We had lives before
the military, and we have lives afterward. Where they held the baby
girl who’s smile reminded me that love is pure and hope. Part of storytellings
is truth and honesty and vulnerability. We began our rebellion. And also what comes
with that is healing, and we all perform
our own written work, and it’s true to life stories,
and we hope that our work really connects with folks,
helps di stigmatize a lot of issues facing the community. Veteran community, the
community at large. We’re just excited
to share our work. Ready, aim, fire. I joined the National
Guard to feel useful, to have a purpose. I never saw a day where
my job would be to fight my own people. Can you blame those who
are tired in raising their arms in defeat, who
chose to raise them in defense?

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