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Tomás and the Library Lady tells the true story of a son of a migrant farm worker during the 1940s. 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 that culminated in his becoming a chancellor at a university.
This play is produced in collaboration with Modesto Junior College Theatre Department.
In partnership with the Gallo Center for the Arts
Special Appearance & Presentation
José Cruz González's plays include Los Valientes, The Sun Serpent, Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle, Invierno, Sunsets and Margaritas, The Heart's Desire, The Blue House, Tomás and the Library Lady, The Cloud Gatherer, Earth Songs, September Shoes. A collection of his plays, Nine Plays by José Cruz González Magical Realism & Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences was published by the University of Texas Press in 2009.
Mr. González has written for PAZ, the Emmy Award nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel. Mr. González was a recipient of a 2004 TCG/Pew National Theatre Residency grant. In 1997 he was awarded a NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, and in 1985 was a NEA Director Fellow.
He teaches theatre at California State University at Los Angeles. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and TYA/USA. He is a Playwright-in-Residence with South Coast Repertory (CA) and Childsplay (AZ), and an Associate Artist with Cornerstone Theater Company (CA).
2012 Keynote Speaker
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Jose Hernandez was born to Mexican immigrants in French Camp, California and has spent most of his life in the northern San Joaquin Valley. Jose and his family were migrant farm workers, following the harvest in the valley. At age 9, Jose was inspired by the Apollo17 mission to the Moon and was encouraged by his father to pursue his dream.
Jose obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of the Pacific, and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then served as an engineer at the prestigious Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 15 years. In his time at Livermore, Jose was recognized for his work helping develop the first full-field digital mammography imaging system that has successfully increased early detection of breast cancer, as well as working in Russia to help reduce its nuclear stockpile.
In 2004, Jose reached a lifelong goal of becoming a NASA astronaut, and in August of 2009 he flew on a 14-day mission as the flight engineer on Space Shuttle Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station.
After returning from Space, Jose worked for NASA in Washington. He also started the “Reaching for the Stars Foundation” which sponsors an early education summer academy program at his alma mater Pacific in an effort to improve performance in math and science and thereby prolong the education of young promising students in Science, Technology and Mathematics.
2011 Keynote Speaker
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