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Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater

Edited by Trevor Boffone, Terresa Marrero, and Chantal Rodriguez

This anthology has its origins in the Encuentro theater festival, which was produced by the Latino Theater Company in association with the Latinx Theatre Commons in Los Angeles in 2014. Encuentro means “an encounter,” and meetings form a core theme in these six groundbreaking plays, each prefaced by a critical introduction from a leading Latinx theater scholar.

Playwrights Ruben C. Gonzalez, José Torres-Tama, Rickerby Hinds, Mariana Carreño King, Javier Antonio González, and Evelina Fernández exhibit a wide range of aesthetic approaches, dramatic structures, and themes, ranging from marriage, gentrification, racial and gendered violence, migration, and the ever-present politics of the U.S.–Mexico border. There is power in the communal experience of creating, witnessing, and participating in theater festivals. This anthology is a testament to that power and seeks to document the historic festival as well as to make these works available to a wider audience.

Teatro Latino: Nuevas obras de los Estados Unidos

Edited by Trevor Boffone, Amrita Das, Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez, and Michele Shaul

Teatro Latino: Nuevas obras de los Estados Unidos is an anthology of U.S. Latinx plays in Spanish. This anthology fills gaps in theatre, academia, and the general public by bringing contemporary U.S. Latinx dramatic literature in Spanish to the forefront and uncovering it for a new audience. The selected plays focus on theatrical production post-2000 and feature authors from different backgrounds writing from the U.S. This collection provides academics and students an opportunity to explore new texts in Spanish within the realm of U.S. Latinx literature and a departure point to start a meaningful critical discourse about what it means to write and publish in Spanish in the U.S.