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Out of the fringe : contemporary Latina/Latino theatre and performance
Svich, Caridad.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Theatre Communications Group, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxx, 461 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Out of the fringe : in defense of beauty (an introduction) /Caridad Svich -- Manifestations of desires : a critical introduction / Maria Teresa Marrero -- Straight as a line / Luis Alfaro -- Stuff / Coco Fusco and Nao Bustamante -- Fur : a play in nineteen scenes / Migdalia Cruz -- Night train to Bolina / Nilo Cruz -- Skin : an adaptation of Büchner's Woyzeck / Naomi Iizuka -- Ragged time / Oliver Mayer -- Trash : a monologue / Pedro R. Monge-Rafuls -- Hungry woman : a Mexican Medea / Cherríe Moraga -- Greetings from a queer señorita / Monica Palacios -- Alchemy of desire/Dead-man's blues : a play with songs / Caridad Svich -- From the U.K. : a European perspective on Latino theatre (an afterword) / Maria M. Delgado.
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PS628.H57 O78 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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There is a new generation of Latina/o dramatists afoot. According to Caridad Svich, editor of Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre and Performance , "There is a wave of dramatists, storytellers and poets, creating work intensely personal and idiosyncratic, eerie and lyrical, metaphysical and emotive. Flourishing within the margins of an already marginalized theatrical environment, they align themselves with resurgent poetry and the spoken-word movement, with alternative music and literature scenes; their work is bred on the economics of poetry and the nurturing of their work outside official venues."

Collected here are 10 beautifully inventive, shape-changing, form-molding, poetic masterworks of the American theatre:

Luis Alfaro, Straight as a Line
Coco Fusco/Nao Bustamante, Stuff
Migdalia Cruz, Fur
Nilo Cruz, Night Train to Bolina
Naomi Iizuka, Skin
Oliver Mayer, Ragged Time
Pedro Monge-Rafuls, Trash
Cherríe Moraga, The Hungry Woman: Mexican Medea
Monica Palacios, Greetings from a Queer Señorita
Caridad Svich, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This publisher must be commended for adding another important edition of contemporary plays by Latinas and Latinos to the literature. Other collections have broadened the scope of historical inquiry into the contributions by Latinas/Latinos and Chicanas/Chicanos: e.g., Contemporary Chicano Theatre, ed. by Roberto J. Garza (CH, Jan'77), On New Ground: Contemporary Hispanic American Plays, ed. by M. Elizabeth Osborn (CH, Sep'88), Necessary Theater, comp. by Jorge Huerta (1989), and Contemporary Plays by Women of Color, ed. by Kathy Perkins and Roberta Uno (CH, Sep'96). The present volume includes "ten of the most prolific Latino/a artists working in the late twentieth century," writers dealing with themes such as gender, identity, and historical, cultural, and political issues as expressions of creativity: e.g., Migdalia Cruz (Fur), Nilo Cruz (Night Train to Bolina), Monica Palacios (Greetings from a Queer Se~norita), and Cherrie Moraga (The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea, a powerful imagistic work of gender identity and cultural difference). Moraga has been an important contributor to the American stage, and it is refreshing to find here a work that has yet to receive a fully mounted production. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above in theater studies, performance art, cultural studies, women's studies, and US studies as well as Chicana/o and Latina/o studies. E. C. Ramirez; St. Philip's College

Table of Contents

Caridad SvichMaria Teresa MarreroLuis AlfaroCoco Fusco and Nao BustamanteMigdalia CruzNilo CruzNaomi LizukaOliver MayerPedro R. Monge-RafulsCherrie MoragaMonica PalaciosCaridad SvichMaria M. Delgado
Out of the Fringe: In Defense of Beauty (An Introduction)p. ix
Manifestations of Desires: A Critical Introductionp. xvii
Straight As A Linep. 1
Stuffp. 43
Fur: A Play In Nineteen Scenesp. 71
Night Train to Bolinap. 115
Skin: An Adaptation of Buchner's Woyzeckp. 159
Ragged Timep. 201
Trash: A Monologuep. 273
The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medeap. 289
Greetings From A Queer Senoritap. 365
Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues: A Play With Songsp. 393
From the U.K.: A European Perspective on Latino Theatre: (An Afterword)p. 451