A Solo Reading: Eddie's Perejil
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Solo reading: Eddie's Perejil followed by Q&A with Edward Paulino and director Samantha Galarza
Eddie’s Perejil is a gripping solo play written and performed by Edward Paulino about a working-class Dominican-American college student who stumbles upon a document describing a long-forgotten genocide against Haitians by Dominicans known as the 1937 Haitian Massacre, el Corte, and temwayaj kout kouto. This discovery and subsequent self-reflection sets him on an inescapable collision course with his romanticized notion of what it means to be Dominican in the diaspora.
Edward Paulino, professor of global history at John Jay College, CUNY, co-founded Border of Lights, an organization that commemorates the 1937 genocidal Haitian massacre and promotes solidarity between Haitians and Dominicans. He serves on the board of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigration Rights. He is also the author of Dividing Hispaniola: The Dominican Republic's Border Campaign against Haiti, 1930-1961 (2016).
Samantha Galarza is a queer, mixed-race, Puerto Rican, SAG-AFTRA actress/writer/singer/performance artist/educator/ director. As an “art-ivist,” her work explores queer identity politics, fluidity, gender, systemic and internalized racism, love, substance abuse, migration, and the U.S. prison industrial complex.