The play “Who Shot La Miguelito” is an infusion of love, murder or crime and art. Apparently the protagonist and person of interest in this film passes on triggering a cascade of events, mixed feelings and even some form of hate for the people that despise the works or rather the arts of Miguelito such as Margarita. This paper focuses on the relationship between Miguelito and his best friend Eklectic who apparently is not only devastated by the death but wants the spirit of La Miguelito to continue affecting the lives of people through the murals which apparently are losing their influence and even triggering a clean-up. This paper takes the reader through the need for vengeance, the murder of a rather popular and loved artist and the turbulent world that his best friend has been left in. similarly the paper focuses on the relationships and the love that these people have achieved over their time together and what it feels like for them to let go.
The play “Who Shot La Miguelito?" is produced and written as well as directed by Sean San Jose of Campo Santo. This is a critical performance piece that parallels the murder of a very young artist specializing in street art in the popular San Francisco Mission District. This piece of art dwells on the nature of prejudice and the issue of racial concerns considering the immigrants and the need to map the mission after the immigrant artist’s death on the Districts through the use of murals, tags, stickers and stencils in a move to try and mount a socio-political protest art. The piece is known to invite the audience in a prolonged engagement through seeing, interacting with the immigrants and refugees. Gentrification refers to the entire process of renovating and improving the house district to ensure that it fits the working or middle-class taste. In this piece of art, La Miguelito is a renowned immigrant focusing entirely on the need to refurbish the working neighborhoods with murals and stickers to intrigue the working middle class. The performers tend to use some intricate movements combined with music in an attempt to liven the mission on a totally bare stage. They try to become graffiti, murals, tags, and stickers as described in the script. This paper focuses on Eclectic who happens to be a friend to Miguelito as he explores the theme of love ingrained in the concept of murals and art across the entirety of the city and in fact leading to the brutal murder of his friend.
In one of the scenes that tend to stick is this “FURYFactory intern happens when Miguelito, a brilliant young artist who is tragically short, and his friend/fan, known as Eclectic, find themselves suddenly and powerfully in love as they walk down the street. They stand before a mural of a heart, whose colors are deep and layered.” Love is something that is entirely expressed across the play. The audience tends to only see the piece of art in front of them through their faces and their expressions. However it is not clear as it is expected. There is a sense of love felt only in a person enclosed in a room and defined as deeply in love. Everyone tries to remain silent and calm and the conversations between the two lovers can be heard and “between the artists and human beings who have been there before them.” It is reasonable to infer that Campo Santo’s piece tries to make the audience aware of the underlying layers of art that tend to adorn the walls of the entire mission. More than that and from the vivid descriptions of the script it is reasonable to infer that the art talks back. In other words it is difficult to ignore the art presented. The neighborhood is made alive in more ways than one can even try to count and decipher.
The term piece as it denotes art is entirely a keystone word in the entirety of Eklectic’s assertions after the death of Miguelito it is evident that love is in the air as the popular adage goes. Eklectik explains states “Just me and your pieces. Piece by piece I am gonna piece a life of you, La Miguelito. Piece me into each piece by you, pull out a piece of you in each piece. He is so eager to proof to the dead friend how much their friendship meant despite the problem that befell them leading to Miguelito's death. In fact it is reasonable to infer that Eklectik is eager to revenge. This is evidenced by the fact that he goes on to state that “Your past meets me- my dream is their nightmare. It’s all I see in those colors of you everywhere.” Eklectik can be described as a person that would not let go of the idea that a brutal murder just occurred resulting in a separation that. In fact to build on the avenging concern, Eklectik states that “You are your own thing-la Miguelito and I will put your pieces back together” this is symbolic of the idea that Eklectik had Miguelito as a personal favorite.
In the same context, it is difficult to separate Eklectik's love for Miguelito despite death. It is reasonable to infer that even death does not separate the two. In one instance during the memorial of Miguelito, Eklectik watches with disbelief as Margarita tries to whiteout across the street. He states with disbelief “What she doing?! Painting over everything? What she doing to La
Miguelito’s memorial? I can’t look at that.” This shows that their love for each other goes past the idea of death. Eklectk is etched on the idea that Miguelito continues to live through his art. Despite his death at a tender age, he expects people to continue trusting and seeing the good works of his special friend regardless of their daily lives and the needs that come along. If it were for Eklectik the entire city would be painted with the murals and stickers produced by the gone artist.
Most importantly it is important to note that Eklectik’s love for Miguelito advances to an obsession and most importantly becomes a jealous endeavor. At one point Nok goes and sits on the ground near one of Miguelito’s pieces. Electric feels like he had more love for Miguelito than anyone else. Nok decides to talk to the piece (32a). Eklectik comes in with rather a sarcastic language and declares “Hey. I think you’re hecka dope. Yup, sick work. Ok ok- try again, dumb ass. So, you’re Miguelito? We should do a piece together- What you think? What-- ‘sus, Maria. What I would should say Dear La Miguelito, un-die. Un-shot.-- Huy La Miguelito, my name is Reina, you have no idea who I am, but I’m your Creeper, a wannabe, who steady follows your pieces.-- Eyyy La Miguelito, please call Me Eklectik. Because your pieces speak ma’arte to me. But now the only thing I hear, when I see your art is: why shoot you.” This is a clear depiction that Eklectik does not even expect anyone else apart from him to become or rather be sympathetic to the brutal murder
In conclusion, contrary to popular demand this play is etched on a subtle expression of love masked behind racial issues, poverty and most importantly the issue of immigrants and their daily duties of making the working class and rich neighborhoods livable to the demand of the owners. This is the primary reason that Eklectik is devastated when he sees Margarita wiping out the murals that Miguelito invested so much to see them stand.
(UC Berkeley photo by Ben Dillon)
This photo of the goddess is touching the girl's face, everyone is watching seriously, chasing the light on their faces. It seems that the Lord is comforting the girl.
(UC Berkeley photo by Ben Dillon)
Everyone was surrounded by a circle, the other girl was facing each other, she looked down, as if it were isolated, and the stage gave a dark light to a group of people. The girl gave the chasing light, which made her very lonely and gave a sense of loneliness.
(UC Berkeley photo by Ben Dillon)
This photo gives the goddess a close-up shot, with a smile, flowers in her hand and blue yarn on her head. Every time she appears, she seems to have the power of justice. Chasing light on the face gives a warm feeling.