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NMSU Theatre Arts presents 'Stories of Cesar Chavez'

The New Mexico State University Theatre Arts Department will partner with the Center for Latin American and Border Studies to present "Stories of Cesar Chavez" at 8 p.m. March 7 and 8 in the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

"Stories of Cesar Chavez" is a one-man show developed and performed by Fred Blanco, a member of the Los Angeles theater community for more than 15 years. This compelling look at the struggle for equality, tells the story of inspirational civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.

The performance traces Chavez's journey from his humble childhood to his days as a courageous leader to migrant farm workers in the fields and orchards of California.

Blanco studied theater at Cal State University Northridge and holds a variety of stage and screen credits. He last appeared on stage in Las Cruces in September 2007 at the Black Box Theatre.

Blanco stresses the importance of theater in educating a community and promoting community involvement in social issues. He said he hopes "Stories of Cesar Chavez" will instill awareness about an important chapter in Mexican-American history and the labor movement. He also wants to help continue the spread of Chavez's message of peace and hope.

Tickets are $7 and $10. Call the American Southwest Theatre Company box office at (575) 646-4515 or 1-800-646-ASTC for details.