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Audio Recording Interview with Efrén del Castillo, Chicago, Illinois, part 1

Interview with Efrén del Castillo, Chicago, Illinois, part 1

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  • Interview with Efrén del Castillo, Chicago, Illinois, part 1


  • George, Philip B., 1946- (Collector)
  • Del Castillo, Efrén (Interviewee)

Created / Published

  • Chicago, Illinois, July 1, 1977


  • -  Hispanic Americans
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Illinois -- Chicago


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Efren del Castillo #1
  • -  Part 1 of a 3-part interview in Spanish with Efren de Castillo, recorded in the offices of OMAR, 5525 N. Broadway; topics include discussion of theater group "Circulo Teatral de Chicago" founded in 1970; they are preparing a bilingual brochure; not a purely Cuban performing group, most actors are Mexicans, performances have been in Spanish, with sources in Latin America, Europe, and North America; discussion of Mexican Independence Day for TV last year, about TV as an outlet for their work; complains about changes in the policy of the Museum of Science and Industry concerning theater; about past performances, some dramas they have written; about money matters; plays about Viet Nam and illegal immigration, comments about the writers and past performances; about the Channel 44 program with Jimmy Payne where they have performed; about folk dancing with Cuban themes; funding from Castillo and friends, large losses, the museum gave little to help except the place to perform; now seek TV exposure hoping to reach a larger audience; plans for Mexican Independence Day celebration and performance; more productions aimed at Mexicans, for now none for Puerto Ricans, few for Cubans, this due to size of population; about difficulties in work with museum, de Castillo has severed contact with them; the scenery for plays was built and the plays were rehearsed in his basemen; expresses need for a permanent theater for rehearsal and building of sets; reaction of the community to their dramatic presentations, comments on problems due to lack of central location, climate, and publicity; the community response to TV performances has been good in spite of poor promotion; members of the troupe do it because they like it, have studied it, want to share it with Chicago’s large Spanish-speaking community.


  • audiocassette, C-60

Call Number/Physical Location

  • MBRS Shelflist: RYA 0773
  • Field Project Identifier: CH77-T238-C
  • Call number: AFC 1981/004: AFS 20762A

Source Collection

  • Chicago Ethnic Arts Project collection (AFC 1981/004)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project collection (AFC 1981/004), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

George, Philip B, and Efrén Del Castillo. Interview with Efrén del Castillo, Chicago, Illinois, part 1. Chicago, Illinois, July 1, 1977. Audio.

APA citation style:

George, P. B. & Del Castillo, E. (1977) Interview with Efrén del Castillo, Chicago, Illinois, part 1. Chicago, Illinois, July 1. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

George, Philip B, and Efrén Del Castillo. Interview with Efrén del Castillo, Chicago, Illinois, part 1. Chicago, Illinois, July 1, 1977. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.