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Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo, a play developed by Paul Flores in collaboration with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), returns to the Bay Area with performances on January 21 through 24 at the Iron Triangle Theater at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available.

These Richmond dates will be followed with performances at the Atherton Auditorium at Delta College in Stockton (February 3-5); the Bill Medly Auditorium at Santa Ana High School (February 12-13); and at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Hights, Los Angeles (February 18-28).

Placas tells the story of Fausto Carbajal (played by Ricardo Salinas), returning to his family after a prison term related to his gang involvement. As a condition of his parole, he must remove the tattoos–or placas–that identify his gang affiliation.

In researching the story, Paul Flores conducted interviews in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and El Salvador, gathering stories from 60 gang members. This touring production of Placas is directed by Fidel Gomez and–in addition to Salinas–stars Zilah Mendoza, Xavi Moreno, Sarita Ocon, Eric Aviles, Emiliano Torres, and Edgar Barboza.