Surveying the Latina theatre movement in the United States since the 1980s, La Voz Latina brings together contemporary plays and performance pieces by innovative Latina playwrights. This rich collection of varying styles, forms, themes, and genres includes work by Yareli Arizmendi, Josefina B\u00e1ez, The Colorado Sisters, Migdalia Cruz, Evelina Fern\u00e1ndez, Cherr\u00ede Moraga, Carmen Pelaez, Carmen Rivera, Celia H. Rodr\u00edguez, Diane Rodriguez, and Milcha Sanchez-Scott, as well as commentary by Kathy Perkins and Caridad Svich on the present state of Latinas in theatre roles. La Voz Latina expands the field of Latina theatre while situating it in the larger spectrum of American stage and performance studies. In highlighting the ethnic and cultural roots of the performance artists, Elizabeth C. Ram\u00edrez and Catherine Casiano provide historical context as well as a short biography, production history, and artistic statement from each playwright.
Elizabeth C. Ramirez is the fine arts specialist administrator with the Edgewood Independent School District of San Antonio, Texas, and the author of Chicanas/Latinas on the American Stage: A History of Performance.Catherine Casiano has assisted Elizabeth C. Ramirezwith numerous dramaturgical projects and is an attorney practicing family and criminal law with indigent Latina/Latino populations in San Antonio.
Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Latinas Take the Stage 1 I. Creating a Performance Voice: Themes of Family, Religion, and Community 25 1. Milcha Sanchez-Scott's Roosters 31 2. Cherrie Moraga's Waiting for Da God 68 II. Chicanas and Chicano Teatro: Staging Identity 87 3. Diane Rodriguez's The Path to Divadom, Or How to Make Fat-free Tamales in G Minor 93 4. Yareli Arizmendi's Who Buys Your Shoes? 103 III. La Indigena/The Indigenous: Staging Myth 119 5. Celia Herrera Rodriguez's Cositas Quebradas: Performance Codex 125 6. The Colorado Sisters' Chicomoztoc: Mimixcoa - Cloud Serpent 140 IV. "Race Matters" 165 7. Josefina Baez's Dominicanish 171 8. Evelina Fernandez's Luminarias 188 V. Where Is Home and How Do We Get There? 237 9. Carmen Pelaez's El Postre de Estrada Palma and My Cuba 239 10. Carmen Rivera's La Gringa 254 11. Migdalia Cruz's Another Part of the House 305 VI. Commentary on Latina Theatre in the United States 357 12. Contributions by Women of Color - Kathy Perkins 359 13. NoPassport: Dreaming the Americas - Caridad Svich 362