Retablos, Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border is a memoir about growing up brown at the U.S./Mexico border - seminal moments, rites of passage and crystalline vignettes. In his uniquely framed memoir, playwright Octavio Solis channels his youth in El Paso, Texas. Like traditional retablos, the rituals of childhood and rites of passage are remembered as singular, dramatic events, self-contained episodes with life-changing reverberations.
Erstwhile San Francisco-based playwright Octavio Solis wrote this memoir of growing up Mexican-American in El Paso. Now Word for Word is staging sections of it in the company’s own patented style: literature presented verbatim, with theatrical imagination. Solis’ much-lauded book comprises “seminal moments, rites of passage and crystalline vignettes” of life on the U.S.-Mexico border.