Drawn from the first ten years of the Goodman Theatre's renowned biennial festival of Latino plays, the works in this collection expand the definition of Latino theater, resisting the confines of a particular language, locale, or assumed audience. Instead of focusing on similarities that outline the boundaries of Latino identity, these plays look outward, representing the multiplicity of actual Latino experience. Written and performed sometimes in English and sometimes in Spanish, the plays are directed at both Latino and non-Latino audiences. Their stories are set in heterogeneous milieus, and they incorporate cultural or theatrical elements from vastly different traditions. As a group, these plays indicate the extraordinary range of the festival's offerings and show how it has contributed to a more complex notion of what Latino theater is and can be.
"This wonderful collection of plays engages Latino experience from diverse perspectives and through a variety of genres and styles, showing the different aesthetic directions of recent Latino theater." --Jill Lane, author of Blackface Cuba, 1840-1895
About the Editors:
Henry D. Godinez is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University and the resident artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre, where he curates the Latino Theatre Festival.
Ramón H. Rivera-Servera is an associate professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.