Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater

Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater


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This anthology has its origins in the Encuentro theater festival, which was produced by the Latino Theater Company in association with the Latinx Theatre Commons in Los Angeles in 2014. Encuentro means “an encounter,” and meetings form a core theme in these six groundbreaking plays, each prefaced by a critical introduction from a leading Latinx theater scholar.

Playwrights Ruben C. Gonzalez, José Torres-Tama, Rickerby Hinds, Mariana Carreño King, Javier Antonio González, and Evelina Fernández exhibit a wide range of aesthetic approaches, dramatic structures, and themes, ranging from marriage, gentrification, racial and gendered violence, migration, and the ever-present politics of the U.S.-Mexico border. There is power in the communal experience of creating, witnessing, and participating in theater festivals. This anthology is a testament to that power and seeks to document the historic festival as well as to make these works available to a wider audience.

Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater addresses interests of general audiences committed to the performing arts; scholars and students of Latinx, gender, and ethnic studies; university, college, and high school theater programs; and regional theaters looking to diversify their programming.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810140141
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2019
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 559,977
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

TREVOR BOFFONE is a lecturer in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at the University of Houston and the founder of the 50 Playwrights Project.

TERESA MARRERO is a professor of Latin American and Latinx theater at the University of North Texas.

CHANTAL RODRIGUEZ is the associate dean of the Yale School of Drama and a lecturer in the Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism Department.

Table of Contents

Foreword/Manifesto - José Luis Valenzuela

Introduction: Encuentro 2014: Encountering Latina/o Theatre and Performance

  • Trevor Boffone, Teresa Marrero, Chantal Rodriguez
La Esquinita, U.S.A. by Rubén C. González
  • Critical Introduction by Jorge Huerta
Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evildoers by José Torres-Tama  
  • Critical Introduction by Tiffany Ana López
Dreamscape by Rickerby Hinds
  • Critical Introduction by Olga Sánchez Saltveit
Patience, Fortitude and Other Antidepressants by Mariana Carreño King
  • Critical Introduction by Beatriz Rizk
Zoetrope Part I by Javier González
  • Critical Introduction by Irma Mayorga
Premeditation by Evelina Fernández
  • Critical Introduction by Grace López

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