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La Plaza
Fire 'Scapes
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Led by Argentinian actor and theater director Norman Brinski, a multi-cultural troupe takes a New York City neighborhood as the stage for its street performances. Teh boundaries separating life, fiction, celebration, and tragedy are challenged as this documentary by Oren Rudavsky and Richard Smigielsky brings us into the Fire’Scapes drama.



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Broadcast program

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Fire 'Scapes,” 12/10/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed May 27, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C79ED78033C400CB8EBA32BF4FA0356.
MLA: “La Plaza; Fire 'Scapes.” 12/10/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. May 27, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C79ED78033C400CB8EBA32BF4FA0356>.
APA: La Plaza; Fire 'Scapes. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C79ED78033C400CB8EBA32BF4FA0356
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