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La Voz Latina

Contemporary Plays and Performance Pieces by Latinas

Elizabeth C. Ramirez (Editor), Catherine Casiano (Editor), Yareli Arizmendi (Contributions by), Josefina Báez (Contributions by), The Colorado Sisters (Contributions by), Migdalia Cruz (Contributions by), Evelina Fernández (Contributions by), Cherríe Moraga (Contributions by), Carmen Peláez (Contributions by), Carmen Rivera (Contributions by), Celia H. Rodríguez (Contributions by), Diane Rodriguez (Contributions by), Milcha Sanchez-Scott (Contributions by), Kathy Perkins (Commentaries by), Caridad Svich (Commentaries by)


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A timely collection of Latina performance pieces

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 Báez, The Colorado Sisters, Migdalia Cruz, Evelina Fernández, Cherríe Moraga, Carmen Pelaez, Carmen Rivera, Celia H. Rodríguez, 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. Ramírez and Catherine Casiano provide historical context as well as a short biography, production history, and artistic statement from each playwright.

Praise For La Voz Latina: Contemporary Plays and Performance Pieces by Latinas

"La Voz Latina makes visible and accessible a panoply of performance texts that show the remarkable range and ability of Latina playwrights. It demonstrates the vibrant diversity, transnational influences, and high volume of activity in Latina theatre in both the past and present."--Theatre Journal

"A fine representation of the some of the most vital and important Latina playwrights writing and performing today. Publishing many plays for the first time, this significant collection will be of interest to students and scholars of theatre, Latina studies, and American studies."--Jorge Huerta, author of Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, and Myth

"Apart from the performance pieces themselves, the artists' comments about the circumstances under which the works were created makes the collection a very valuable tool for documenting Latina cultural production since the 1980s."--Tamara L. Underiner, author of Contemporary Theatre in Mayan Mexico: Death-Defying Acts

University of Illinois Press, 9780252036224, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2011

About the Author

Elizabeth C. Ramírez 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. Ramírezwith numerous dramaturgical projects and is an attorney practicing family and criminal law with indigent Latina/Latino populations in San Antonio.