Carmen Tafolla has impacted audiences throughout the world with her special
messages of individual value and cultural affirmation. This one-woman theatrical
show, My Heart Speaks a Different Language, has been performed
throughout the U.S., as well as in England, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Canada,
New Zealand, and Norway. Tafolla makes you laugh, cry, celebrate, and dream
of a world where we all wear our names and experiences proudly, with human
a mirror of understanding, providing rich insights, not only to Hispanics
in the reflection of the intricate tapestry that they are as a people,
but to all people -- about the nature of diversity, the face of prejudice,
and the strength of human promise."
— Dr. Gene Chávez, Director of the Center for Intercultural
As the keynoting Dr. Tafolla is being formally introduced, a stooped bag
lady in ragged house slippers and a Mexican shawl interrupts the program.
With simple prop changes, Tafolla transforms from a shabby vieja loca
to a first-grader, from a chola to a college student, and from
a retired G.I. to an outspoken black woman janitor - each emphasizing in
their own way the strength and beauty of individual and cultural diversity.
"With a clear, bursting, boundless cry, you speak the unspoken
memories of mine.... You regress me - unmistakeable guide - to my ancestors,
to my roots, to my past... You have been spelling me again with all the
authentic names of my reality."
— Efraín Palacios, editor of Etc. Magazine