- Read Lawson Taitte’s review in the Dallas Morning News
- Mark Lowry’s review at Theater Jones
David Lozano was the artistic director of Cara Mia Theatre from 2002 to 2006. He’s back — as director and co-author (with Raul Trevino, Jr.) of the play, Crystal City 1969 — about a high school walkout in the small Texas town. What may have seemed a blowup over “kid’s stuff” — arguments about cheerleading or homecoming — was actually tied to much deeper, pervasive discrimination against the adult population as well. In a town that was 85 percent Mexican-American or Mexican, the students were forbidden to speak Spanish, could not eat Mexican food and were regularly steered by their counselors away from white-collar careers towards — the U. S. military. In fact — not mentioned in our interview (not enough time!) — this ‘minor’ student protest would lead to fundamental changes in the town’s establishment — as Mexican-Americans began running for office — and even the creation of the political party, La Raza Unida.