Tomás and the Library Lady

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In this collaboration between the Gallo Center and the theatre department at Modesto Junior College, Tomás and the Library Lady tells the true story of author and educator Tomás Rivera, a child of migrant workers during the 1940s who went on to become the first minority chancellor in the University of California system.

Feeling a little out of place since his family’s move to Iowa from Texas and wanting to know more than just his grandfather’s stories, Tomás stumbles into a library and is welcomed by the librarian. Through her patience and understanding, Tomás develops a love for books and knowledge that he always wanted to have, inspiring a life-long love of learning.

Tomás and the Library Lady is directed by Mike Sundquist, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Communications at MJC and produced by Jim Johnson, Ph.D, arts education coordinator at the Center.

The play’s playwright will visit MJC and speak at the annual Hispanic Education Conference on Saturday, March 23rd in the Performing and Media Arts Center Main Auditorium.

Link to oral history interview with Concepcion G. Rivera, Tomás Rivera’s widow.

Performances at the Gallo Center for the Arts
Fri & Sat, March 15 & 16, 8 pm
Sun, March 17, 2 pm
Tickets: $8/12/15
Purchase Tickets Here

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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