López, Josefina

Founder of Casa 0101 Theater


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An oral history with Josefina López, playwright, founder of Casa 0101 Theater, and co-screenwriter of Real Women Have Curves. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding López’ activism through the arts. Specifically, this interview discusses her extended family history, parents’ background, and childhood experiences in Cerritos, San Luis Potosí, Mexico; childhood artistic aspirations; childhood challenges with poverty and briefly living without her father; immigrating to the United States at a young age and settling in Boyle Heights, Los Angles; experiences and reflections being undocumented; reveals her gift as an empath; highlights specific moments that shaped her activism, writing, and feminist thought; discusses her mental health and how she used writing as a form of escape; reflects on the cultural and traditional gender roles she experienced within her family and society; further shares how she used writing as a method of healing, which led to writing truth-based plays as a teenager; discusses the toxicity of sexism and machismo-ism within Mexican American cultures; shares the process and conception of her first play: Simply Maria or the American Dream; remembers her early work in a sewing factory with her sister and mother, which inspired Real Women Have Curves; talks about her fellowship to New York to work with Irene Fornés; recalls attending a playwright festival in Australia, where she represented the United States; understanding her dual cultures and identity; discusses her openness and how she speaks her mind; reflects on higher education at NYU, UCSD, and Columbia College, where she took courses in Chicano Studies and film; recollects her work in the entertainment industry as a writer; details the process of writing Real Women Have Curves, her desire to give Latinas opportunities, and the racism she faced trying to produce the play; attending High School for the Arts and studying theater; and finally, discusses working with producer George LaVoo and HBO on Real Women Have Curves.

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An oral history with Josefina López, playwright, founder of Casa 0101 Theater, and co-screenwriter of Real Women Have Curves. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. This interview further discusses López’ activism through the arts. Specifically, founding Casa 0101 Theater and her initial goals; shares how she met her husband and how he helped form Casa 0101; talks about topics and themes chosen in her theater productions; provides background of Casa Fina, her restaurant in Boyle Heights; comments on the recent gentrification of Boyle Heights, which came with the introduction of the Los Angeles Metro line; discusses her work within the community, specifically with Dr. George Sanchez (USC) and opening the Boyle Heights Museum; further discusses the ill-impacts of gentrification on her community; reflects on how she balances her home life and activism, what motivates her as an activist, and what she is most proud of; discusses unique contributions women make as activists and why it’s important they are involved; shares her greatest personal accomplishments; and finally, provides advice to those wanting to get involved in activism.

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