"Broken Promise Land": A series of monologues based on women in Tijuana, Mexico
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The first ideas for my SIP came from two places. During the summer of my Junior year I wrote a research paper about the affects the Maquiladora industry had on women in Northern Mexico. Maquiladoras are large factories that employ mostly women between the ages of 18-24 for five dollars a day. As a result of NAFTA, these industries are prospering by exploiting Mexican labor. I became interested in the role that women played, and the great migration to Northern Mexico. This reminded me of the experiences I had the summer after my first year at "K". I volunteered for two months at a shelter for illegal woman and children in El Paso, Texas. The women I met had incredible stories and fascinating lives of transition, relocation, hope, and desperation. The stories amazed, excited, and saddened me and I could not forget their faces nor their lives. In the fall, when I began form ideas about my SIP, I didn't know how I wanted to explore Mexican women on the border. I could have done social research, but, I hated the formality and the outside look that social research takes. I didn't feel appropriate making judgments and generalization about another group of people. I knew that I wanted to bring their stories and voices out, but not to be analyzed, simply expressed to a population unfamiliar with the issues at our southern border. I was taking a Fundamentals of Acting class with Adrianne Krstansky at the time, and I loved it. I enjoyed and worked hard in the class and it sparked an interest in me. So, I began to think about the stage. I ran into Adrianne's office and told her about these women and their stories, and she suggested writing monologues. From that point, I knew that a series of monologues based on the stories of the women on the border would be the direction I need to take with my SIP.