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A World of Its OwnRace, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater$
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Matt Garcia

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826584

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898932_garcia

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Just Put on That Padua Hills Smile: The Mexican Players and the Padua Hills Theatre, 1931–1974

Just Put on That Padua Hills Smile: The Mexican Players and the Padua Hills Theatre, 1931–1974

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(p.121) 4 Just Put on That Padua Hills Smile: The Mexican Players and the Padua Hills Theatre, 1931–1974
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A World of Its Own
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Matt Garcia

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898932_garcia.10

The Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont is a Mexican American theater that hosts Mexican-themed folk plays, romantic comedies, and historical dramas performed by the Mexican Players or Paduanos. Through entertainment, the plays performed in the theatre create a deeper understanding of Mexican traditions and culture. This chapter examines the impact of performance and art on intercultural relations in the post-Depression era through the history of the Padua Hills Theatre. It also describes the changes in the racial makeup of labor populations, and explores the contests over control of public space and culture among growers, residents, and workers in Los Angeles County in the 1920s and 1930s.

Keywords:   Padua Hills Theatre, Claremont, plays, Mexican Players, Paduanos, performance, art, labor populations, Los Angeles

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