Puro teatro: a Latina anthology

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University of Arizona Press, 2000 - Drama - 440 pages
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From plays produced on shoestring budgets in the 1970s to today's high-tech performance pieces, Latina theater has emerged as a vibrant art form whose time has come. This anthology showcases this dynamic new genre through the works of established playwrights such as CherrAe Moraga and Dolores Prida as well as talented new playwrights and performers who have emerged in the past decade such as Migdalia Cruz, Elaine Romero, and Monica Palacios. "Puro Teatro, A Latina Anthology" includes a variety of theatrical genres: plays, performance pieces, puppet shows, innovative collaborations, and testimonials. It features previously unpublished plays from a broad range of experiences within the Latino/a community, including families and home, friends and community building, coming of age and empowerment, and sexual and ethnic identities. The editors' introduction provides a comprehensive survey of contemporary Latina theater, placing it in its theatrical context and examining its divergent roots. "Puro Teatro, A Latina Anthology" is the first book of its kind to reflect in print a diversified body of writing that turns the spotlight on some of America's most talented and prolific artists. A subsequent volume will complement this anthology with a theoretical, critical reading of Latina theater and performance. CONTENTS
Full Length Plays
"BotAnica" by Dolores Prida
"Heart of the Earth: A Popul Vuh Story" by CherrA-e Moraga
"The Fat-Free Chicana and the Snow Cap Queen" by Elaine Romero
One-act Plays
"Las nuevas tamaleras" by Alicia Mena
"And Where Was Pancho Villa When You Really Needed Him?" by Silviana Wood
"Fuschia" by Janis Astor del Valle
"Nostalgia Maldita: 1-900-MEXICO: A StairMaster Piece" by Yareli Arizmendi
"Good Grief, Lolita" by Wilma Bonet
"A Roomful of Men" by Amparo GarcA-a Crow
"Describe Your Work" by Monica Palacios
"Battle Worn," by Laura Esparza
"Dancing with the Voice of Truth," by MarA-a Mar
"Searching for Sanctuaries: Cruising through Town in a Red Convertible," by Diane RodrA-guez
"Home, Desire, Memory: There Are No Borders Here," by Caridad Svich
"Tales of a South-of-the-Border/North-of-the-Stereotype Theatre Director, by Susana Tubert
"Catching the Next Play: The Joys and Perils of Playwriting," by Edit Villarreal
Full-Length Plays, Collaborative Works
"Frida: The Story of Frida Kahlo" by Migdalia Cruz and Hilary Blecher
"Memorias de la revoluciA3n" by Carmelita Tropicana and Uzi Parnes

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Sandoval-Sanchez (Spanish, Mount Holyoke Coll.) and Sternbach (Spanish and Portuguese, Smith Coll.) have captured the growing significance of Latina playwrights in this collection of plays ... Read full review


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Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez is Professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College and the author of José, Can You See?: Latinos On and Off Broadway.