José Cruz González

2020 Friday Speaker Series

Each week, Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department hosts an hour-long Zoom interview with an exciting Theatre-Maker. The interview is guided by questions generated by Cal Poly’s theatre students.

We are pleased that our Guest this week is playwright: José Cruz González.

José Cruz González's plays include American Mariachi, Under a Baseball Sky, Among the Darkest Shadows, The Astronaut Farmworker, The Long Road Today, The San Patricios, Sunsets and Margaritas, Los Valientes, The Sun Serpent, Invierno, The Heart’s Desire, Tomás and the Library Lady, Waking Up in Lost Hills, Earth Songs, September Shoes, Odysseus Cruz, The Highest Heaven, and Harvest Moon.

A collection of his plays, Nine Plays by José Cruz González Magical Realism & Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences was published by the University of Texas Press in 2009. Mr. González has written for PAZ, the Emmy Award nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel. "The Astronaut Farmworker" was a 2016 PEN Center USA Literary Award Finalist.

He is a Professor Emeritus at California State University at Los Angeles, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and TYA/USA, and the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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