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Catherine Wiley

Catherine Wiley

Born in Rochester, New York, Catherine Wiley lives in Denver, where she teaches drama, poetry, and twentieth century women writers at the University of Colorado Denver. She began to adapt Maria Helena Viramontes’ lyrical novel for the stage after her daughter performed in a play with Denver’s Chicano theater company, El Centro Su Teatro. Wiley took part in Cornerstone Theater Company’s summer institute in community-based theater in 2008, and plans to develop a series of plays telling the stories of different immigrant communities in Denver. She believes theater should inspire re-vision on the part of audiences and performers, re-vision of ourselves and the communities in which we live.

Under the Feet of Jesus

A coming of age story set in the migrant camps of Southern California in the late 1960’s, Under the Feet of Jesus shows an uncomfortable version of the American Dream. Wiser than her years, thirteen-year-old Estrella learns the limitations of family love and the possibilities inherent in romantic love. Most importantly, she learns that she is not alone in her desire to improve her own life and that of her younger siblings, and that she is not destined to her mother’s reality of blind faith and unrelenting poverty.