Northglenn Arts Presents
War of the Flowers
A Su Teatro Production
Written & Directed by Anthony J Garcia
NOV 19 at 7:30 PM | NOV 20 at 2 PM
at the NEW Parsons Theatre | 1 E. Memorial Parkway
Adults $15-20 | Youth, Seniors, Military $13-18 | Groups $10-15
For a limited time, buy the entire Fall series – five shows – for only $75! SERIES TICKETS
Oct 15 | Chris Daniels & the Kings with Freddi Gowdy and special guest Hazel Miller
Nov 5 | Face Vocal Band
Nov 11 | Colorado Symphony: A Celebration for Veterans Day
Nov 19-20 | War of the Flowers
Dec 11-12 | Motones & Jerseys: Holiday Hi-Fi
In July of 1968, a labor strike erupted at a small floral plant in Brighton, Colorado. Employees at the Kitayama Corporation, primarily Mexican American women, had been subjected to miserable working conditions. In addition to long hours and no overtime pay, the employees were forced to work in a humid, muddy floral nursery, often leading to accidents and health complications. Witnessing these conditions, Guadalupe Briseño realized the need for action.
On February 15, 1969, in a last-ditch effort to make a statement about their strike, Lupe Briseno, Mary Padilla, Rachael Sandoval (who was pregnant at the time), Martha del Real, and Mary Sailes chained themselves to the gate of the Kitayama Carnation plant. The five women were ultimately tear-gassed at point-blank range by Weld County Sheriffs and their strike came to an end. Now their story will be told.