Originally developed with Cornerstone Theatre’s artistic director Michael John Garcés, and with the 2016 production directed by Fidel Gomez, PLACAS (barrio slang for body tattoos) is a bilingual tale of fathers and sons, transformation and redemption that illuminates one man’s determination to reunite his family after surviving civil war in El Salvador, immigration, deportation, prison and street violence. PLACAS stars Ric Salinas a founding member of the critically acclaimed performance group CULTURE CLASH as Fausto “Placas” Carbajal, a Salvadoran immigrant who tries to reclaim his family while letting go of his gangbanger past.
PLACAS is written by acclaimed spoken word artist Paul Flores. Flores interviewed more than 100 gang members, parents and intervention workers in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and El Salvador to develop material for the script. Salinas’ role of Fausto is loosely based on the experiences of ex-gang member Alex Sanchez, founder of the Los Angeles based non-profit Homies Unidos.
Production Design Team includes: Tanya Orellana: Set / Pablo Santiago: Lights / Alejandro Acosta: Sound / Eun Yee Nam: Projections / Sarita Ocón: Tattoos / Julian Fernandez: Stage Manager / Marissa Marshall: Technical Director / Eric Reid: Manager