That led to a spirited discussion about theater, and reality, and to my wife's prompt production of the pictured edition of Zoot Suit and Other Plays, by Luis Valdez. Valdez is considered to be the "father of Chicano theater in the United States," and he is currently teaching at California State University, Monterey Bay.
The underlined and much-used volume was cited for its recitation, in the "Introduction" [Page 10], of an excerpt from a poem that Valdez wrote to define his neo-Mayan philosophy, Pensamiento Serpentino, identified as a "Chicano approach to the theater of reality."
Which is to say that we create the world we inhabit as we act, and what seems most apparent, and solid, is simply the scenery that we mistake, too often, for reality itself.
Eres el mundo
y las paredes de los
buildings más grandes
nothing but scenery.
Click on the link to Pensamiento Serpentino to find not only an approach to the Chicano theater of reality, but to life itself.