“War of the Flowers!” retells the Kitayama Carnation Strike led by five Chicana women on February 15, 1969. The five women chained themselves to the front gates of the Kitayama Carnation plant in protest of poor treatment and unhealthy working conditions. Weld County sheriffs set up their tear gas machines at point blank range, the women collapsed to the ground. The action ended the 8-month strike, as the women feared escalating violence. Their struggle has ignited a tremendous flow of attention to their bravery and determination on the anniversary year of their sacrifice.
The leader of the strike, Lupe Briseño, will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame March 18, 2020. The women have been honored by the Colorado State Legislature and the History of Colorado Museum for their contributions to social justice.
With a mix of original music, protest songs from a generation of civil unrest and raw storytelling, “War of the Flowers” honors the stories of a courageous community who influenced a generation and reclaimed their identity after 50 years.
“War of the Flowers” opens at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 12, and runs until Sunday, March 29, 2019. Curtain Times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday Matinee on March 29, at 2 pm. Please call (303) 296-0219 for tickets or visit the Box Office at 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver.
Written and directed by Anthony J. Garcia.