Puesto de Palabras

Open story sharing and writing space with Virginia Grise
February 24 – March 13, 2020
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Automata, Los Angeles


Inspired by her grandfather and uncle—Chinese merchants who operated a fruit and vegetable puesto in a Mexican market in Monterrey, Mexico—theater artist Virginia Grise opens up shop daily at Automata Arts and celebrates the day-to-day neighborhood encounters that “open hours” can foster. Drop in on Grise as she makes her writing practice public and invites you to share your own stories of the places, people and events that have shaped your personal narrative.

Puesto de Palabras is part of the development of rasgos asiáticos, a site-specific performance installation which delves into the intertwined histories of Mexican and Chinese immigration in the U.S. In a daily ritual of public interaction and exchange, Grise explores what it means to find one’s place in a new community, and gathers individual perspectives from the people whose lives are anchored in, or intersect, with Los Angeles’ Chinatown.

Presented in conjunction with performances of rasgos asiáticos, March 19–22, 2020.

FREE // No RSVP required.

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rasgos asiáticos was commissioned and produced by CalArts Center for New Performance, in association with a todo dar productions.

rasgos asiáticos is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by CalArts Center for New Performance, DiverseWorks in partnership with MECA Houston, Performance in the Borderlands, Fulcrum Theater, and NPN with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

rasgos asiáticos was created with support from the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Soho Rep Theater’s Writer/Director Lab; and Pregones Theater’s Asuncion Award for Queer Playwrighting.

This presentation is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.