It was 1910 in the border city of El Paso, Texas, and a local boxer was fighting for a cause far greater than a championship title. Boxing under the name of Joe Rivers, the pugilist was negotiating higher and higher fight fees—and donating the proceeds to the Mexican Revolution.
Journalist and fiction writer Jack London was covering the revolution from El Paso at the time and was so inspired by Rivers' career that he used it as the basis for his short story, The Mexican. A century later, Chicano playwrights Ricardo Bracho and Virginia Grise are taking the tale back, in a retelling that uses experimental theater and cinematic techniques to explore the work through multiple points of view. They address not only revolution and conquest but also gender issues and border politics. The 8 p.m. staged reading in UNC's Process Series is free, as always, and a conversation with the creators follows the performance. —Byron Woods