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the perspective of) Latin American left populism, its tragic history, and its promising recent resurgence. It will most likely take place out of time, so it is difficult to state story specifics at this point. My presentation will cover campesino theater as deployed by César Chávez and others in the US Southwest, and I will attempt to explain the work of organizations like Teatro Campesino and Yuyachkani through both the European-creole and indigenouscampesino storytelling traditions (the work of Central and South American author-playwrights like Victor Jara will also be relevant here). This research will give me some grounding for the style of the play I produce. Another formative influence on my final project will be the various plays of ideas that have been written about the French Revolution, most notably Danton s Death and Marat/Sade. The work of Peter Weiss in general will be a strong influence. I am very drawn to the idea of a slightly anachronistic political-philosophical debate between major players as part of the play, which removes my vision somewhat from the slapsticky pathos of Teatro Campesino.