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.


Encuentro: Encountering Latinx Theatre and Performance. Forthcoming from Northwestern University Press, 2019.

Refereed Journal Articles

Forthcoming    “La Llorona on Stage: Re-visiting Chicana Cultural Paradigms in Josefina López’s Unconquered Spirits.” Latin American Theatre Review.

Forthcoming    “‘You Have to Feel It to Heal It’: Healing Trauma and Finding the Creative Voice with Josefina López.” Label Me Latina/o.

2015  “Tragic Bitches: Queer Xican@ Performance Acts against Oblivion.” The Rocky Mountain Review. 69.2 (2015): 148-64.

2015  “Mexican-American Women on the San Antonio Stage (1910-1919).” Upstage. Issue 7.

2015 “Bodies in Dissent, Cuerpos de resistencia: La Queer X-X-Xicana Flesh of Theory en Las Hociconas de Adelina Anthony.” GESTOS: Revista de teoría y práctica de teatro hispánico. 59: 67-79.

2014 “A ‘Wild Zone’ of Her Own: Locating the Chicana Experience in the Theatre Works of Josefina López.” Gender Forum. 48 (2014). Web.

2013 “Angelina Elizondo de García Naranjo: Defender of Traditional Mexican Femininity in the Exile Press.” Margins: A Journal of Literature and Culture. 3.1 (2013): 107-27.

2013 “Una Cubano-americanita en La Habana: la condición nostálgica en Rum & Coke de Carmen Peláez.” Voces del Caribe 5.1 (2013): 241-74.

2013 “Detenida en la frontera: La conciencia de la mestiza en Detained in the Desert de Josefina López.” Label Me Latina/o. Spring 3 (2013).

2013 “La vejez y muerte de Bradomín: la esperpentización del mito donjuanesco en Sonata de invierno de Ramón del Valle Inclán.” Hispanet Journal. 6 (2013).

2011 “Cambio y viaje personal: al descubrir el ser femenino en Ana en el Trópico de Nilo Cruz.” Label Me Latina/o. Fall 1 (2011).

Book Chapters

Accepted “Taking Hamilton to the Streets: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Latinidad, and the Aesthetics of Accessibility.” Critical Anthology on Hamilton. Eds. Mary Jo Lodge and Paul Laird.

2016  “Border Dwellers, Lloronas, and Nepantleras: Bridging the Anzaldúa Archive and Mercedes Floresislas’s Tamales de Puerco.” El Mundo Zurdo 5. Eds. Domino Perez, Sonia Saldívar-Hull, and Larissa Mercado-López. Aunt Lute Press. 175-183.

2016  “Entering the Mainstream: Chicana Lesbian Subjectivity in Contemporary Drama and Performance.” (Re)mapping the Latina/o Literary Landscape: New Works and New Directions. Eds. Cristina Herrera and Larissa Mercado-López. Palgrave Macmillan. 177-190.

2015 “Mestiza Consciousness and la facultad in the Borderlands: Josefina López’s Detained in the Desert.” El Mundo Zurdo 4. Eds. Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Larissa Mercado-López, and Jackie Cuevas. Aunt Lute Press. 181-95.

Peer-Reviewed Blog Post

2015  “Deaf Latin@ Performance: Listening with the Third Ear.” Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog. August 3.

Book Reviews

2017  Herrera, Brian Eugenio. Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 42.2: 305-9.

2016  García-Romero, Anne. The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes. Theatre Journal, 68: 485-6.

2015 McMahon, Marci R. Domestic Negotiations: Gender, Nation, and Self-Fashioning in US Mexicana and Chicana Literature and Art. Border-Lines 4: 11-4.

Performance Reviews

2017   “Gardens Bloom, Cultures Clash: Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latinx Theatre Commons. June 15.

2016  “Queering Machismo from Michoacán to Montrose: Purple Eyes by Josh Inocéncio.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons. July 14.

2016  “Demanding Action and Attention to Latina/o Theatre in Dallas: Deferred Action by David Lozano and Lee Trull.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons. June 30.

2015  “Josefina López’s Piñata Dreams in East Los Angeles.” Latin American Theatre Review, 49.1 (2015): 163-5.

Web-Based Publications

2017 “Creating a Digital Archive of Latinx Playwriting.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latinx Theatre Commons. July 26.

2017  “The Latinx Play Project: Building a Movement in Ashland.” The Theatre Times. May 10.

2017  “Pedagogy Notebook: Responding to LGBT Homelessness in Emilio Rodriguez’s Swimming While Drowning.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latinx Theatre Commons. April 24.

2017  “Campus Organizing, or How I Use Theatre to Resist.” Stages of Resistance Salon, The Lark. March 17.

2017  “My Mañana Comes: Responding to Times of Crisis.” Arts and Culture Texas. February 21.

2017  “Educating the Next Generation through LGBT Studies.” Out Smart Magazine. February 1.

2016  “Scholars: Up for Multiple Roles in the Movement.” American Theatre Magazine. November 21.

2016  “Houston, We Have a Problem! Excluding Latina/o Stories in Tejas.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons. June 19.

2016  “Que Onda? with Alex Lacamoire, musical director of Hamilton.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons.

2016  “Ham4Ham: Taking Hamilton to the Streets.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons.

2016  “#LTCdallas: Challenges, Opportunities, and Reflections of the Texas Latina/o Theatre Community.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons.

2015  “Que Onda? with Josefina López and CASA 0101 Theater.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons.

2015  “Cafecito: Magdalena Gómez.Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons.

2015 “The State of Latina/o Theater in Texas.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons.

2014 “Archiving the Past, Present, and Future of Teatro.” Café Onda: Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons.

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