Reflection on Sweat

Seeing Sweat was a very good introduction to seeing plays on Broadway and made in interested in attending more plays in the future. Overall the play was amazing and the actors were great. The play dealt with topics that we are facing today and how divided our country is on many topics. This play focuses on the issues of race and jobs, topics that are being discussed by many politicians and citizens in the country. It shows how one event, in this case losing your job, can change the way you see those who were once your friends or allies and can change your ideology of what’s right and wrong. The character of Oscar being shown as the scapegoat to why the other characters lost their jobs gives a perfect example of how the country is today blaming immigrants for America’s problem, making what was once a personal issue to a public issue. This hit home with me because being a Latino right now in the United States makes me and my family scapegoats and it’s a issue my race would have to face till it fades away.


This was something different than what I expected, however, it was good and interactive. I didn’t expect other people go up on stage to present their work. I thought it was mostly going to focus on her and her work, but at the end it was good to see how she is willing to share the spotlight and make it more of an interaction between us and her. It was clear to see how passionate she is about her work and her love for New York. Overall, it was a fun experience to have her come to our school and talk about her work.

Ale Ale-jandro

Alejandro. Commonly used in the Latino community.  In Spanish it’s another way of saying  Alexander. In Greek it means defender of mankind. In America, it’s the name of a Lady Gaga song. My dad is named Alejandro, which is where I got my name from, nothing too amazing about it, I like to believe that I was given that name after a Mexican singer . People pronounce my name in 3 different ways, most people would pronounce it A-leh-jan-dro with and sometimes without a spanish accent. Some, including me at times, pronounce it A-li-jan-dro. However, most my spanish speaking family calls me Alej (pronounced A-leh). When people think about an older latino man, like my father, it causes them to attempt to pronounce the name in Spanish with the idea that he only knows Spanish. Rather with me, a person of this generation, people tend to pronounce it in various ways including with a English accent due to the fact that they expect me to know English. The Greek meaning of my name defines who I want be, a lawyer, someone who makes a lasting impact for generations to come. When I first thought my know, I didn’t think much about it. I just knew it was a Spanish name. When the Lady Gaga song came out, it annoyed, angered and it started to create some resentment towards my name. Today after defining my name and doing this assignment, it brought me at ease to see how my name defines who I am. Even though to others my name will always be known as the song Lady Gaga wrote, to me it means greatness.