The State of Latina/o Theatre in Texas
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The State of Latina/o Theatre in Texas

5 June 2015

In the first of a seven-part series of posts about Latina/o theatre in Texas, Trevor Boffone summarizes the current conversation, and outlines the questions the series will address. 

Enrique's Journey
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Enrique's Journey

A Story for Our Day

27 January 2015

Enrique's Journey, directed and adapted by Anthony J. Garcia, is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning  book of the same name by Sonia Nazario. The third production of Enrique’s Journey took place at the LATC's Encuentro 2014, performed by Su Teatro.

Mariela en el desierto
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Mariela en el desierto

A Tale of Love and Art, Lost and Regained

20 January 2015

Teatro del Sol's Mariela en el desierto is a fantastic philosophical meditation on art and women artists obscured by the ambition of their partners, inhibited creativity, truth, beauty, and the sacrifices we make for our loved ones.

Properties of Silence
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Properties of Silence

Sor Juana in Phoenix, Arizona

6 January 2015

About Productions has been staging plays since 1988 about historical characters like Joan of Arc and Antonin Artaud. Properties of Silence turned into an exciting flight into the depths of Sor Juana’s legacy.

Photo from Zoetrope: Part 1.
Caborca Theatre’s Zoetrope
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Caborca Theatre’s Zoetrope

Part 1

2 December 2014

Carol Kearns writes about Zoetrope: Part 1, a drama set in 1951 Puerto Rico, looking at its multimedia aesthetic, bilingual presentation, and political themes.

Encuentro 2014.
Activating Allyship at Encuentro 2014
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Activating Allyship at Encuentro 2014

24 November 2014

As a Black woman, millennial, playwright, and producer who is not Latina, I felt acutely aware of the gestures of absolute inclusivity, both small and large, that comprised my Encuentro experience.

The cast of Premeditation.
The Latino Theater Company's Premeditation
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The Latino Theater Company's Premeditation

13 November 2014

This long standing collaboration can be felt through and through the ensemble work on display. Premeditation is tantalizing with promise—a talented cast and inventive staging in a noir 1940’s-esque comedy about marriage, infidelity, and murder.

Tertulia Reflection
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Tertulia Reflection

The Cocoon and The Butterfly

12 November 2014

I call the process of creating and performing trauma “spiritual work,” because it feels that way. Embodying trauma is a cathartic experience that transforms specific memory that lives in my body, into story-physical manifestation.

Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers Invades Encuentro Festival
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Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers Invades Encuentro Festival

10 November 2014

In the Latin American tradition, the poet, performer, and artist bears a social responsibility, an almost mythic duty, to document and articulate the people’s struggle—la lucha de la gente—when they are denied effective means to have their voices heard in their fight against oppression and their many oppressors. I am an interdisciplinary artist, and I explore the underbelly of the “American Dream” mythology and the Latino immigrant experience through writings, performance, and visual art practices.

Encuentro 2014.
Encuentro 2014
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Encuentro 2014

Report From the Mellon Fellows, Part 1

8 November 2014

Jose Luis Valenzuela had a vision of a festival that included artists from all over the country. Through seeing his vision realized in the form of this festival, I too am realizing my own vision: To see and support the work of artists that I would not have access to otherwise.

Encuentro 2014 Manifesto
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Encuentro 2014 Manifesto

7 November 2014

This manifesto was delivered by José Luis Valenzuela as part of the opening session of the Latina/o Theatre Commons National Convening held at the Los Angeles Theatre Center’s Encuentro 2014 on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Encuentro 2014
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Encuentro 2014

Moving Forward, Never Forgetting the Past

2 November 2014

Professor Jorge Huerta gives a short overview about the precedents that led to the historic and revolutionizing event, focusing on the growth of Chicano/a theatre festivals since 1970. 

Poster for Encuentro 2014.
Encuentro 2014 at the The Los Angeles Theatre Center
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Encuentro 2014 at the The Los Angeles Theatre Center

#CafeOnda

Saturday 18 October through Monday 10 November 2014
Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Los Angeles Theatre Center in association with the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) proudly presented Encuentro 2014: A National Latina/o Theatre Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Saturday 18 October through Monday 10 November 2014.

Logo for the Latinx Theatre Commons.
Participate in The Latina/o Theatre Commons Second National Convening Nov. 6-9 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center's Encuentro 2014
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Participate in The Latina/o Theatre Commons Second National Convening Nov. 6-9 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center's Encuentro 2014

17 October 2014

The 2014 Latina/o Theatre Commons Second National Convening at Los Angeles Theatre Center's Encuentro 2014 runs November 6-9, 2014 and is open to all theatermakers, artists, scholars, administrators, and advocates with an interest in Latina/o theater (or the New American Theater). If you plan to come to any Convening events, please RSVP here no later than November 1, 2014.

Logo for the Latinx Theatre Commons.
Towards a Hub for Latina/o Theater Artists
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Towards a Hub for Latina/o Theater Artists

1 November 2013

In 2004 and 2005, two seminal Latino/a theatre incubators closed down. Since then, we’ve started to say our dreams aloud of find a new supports and a new hub.