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La Voz Latina

Contemporary Plays and Performance Pieces by Latinas

A timely collection of Latina performance pieces

Elizabeth C. Ramírez and Catherine Casiano bring together a collection of plays and performance pieces by innovative Latina playwrights. Surveying Latina theatre in the United States from the 1980s to the twenty-first century, the editors present works displaying a variety of forms, themes, and genres, expanding the field of Latina theatre while situating it in the larger spectrum of American stage and performance studies. Ramírez and Casiano provide historical context and a production history for each work and a biography of, and artistic statement from, each playwright.

Contributors: Yareli Arizmendi, Josefina Báez, The Colorado Sisters, Migdalia Cruz, Evelina Fernández, Cherríe Moraga, Carmen Peláez, Carmen Rivera, Celia H. Rodríguez, Diane Rodriguez, and Milcha Sanchez-Scott. The volume also includes commentary by Kathy Perkins and Caridad Svich.

"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 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

Elizabeth C. Ramírez works professionally as a dramaturg and currently teaches at Our Lady of the Lake University, and is the author of Chicanas/Latinas on the American Stage: A History of Performance. Catherine Casiano is Assistant Dean of Admissions at St. Mary’s University School of Law.

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