This innovative collection, featuring three plays by Carlos Morton, spans five centuries of Mexican and Mexican American history. In the tradition of teatro campesino, these plays present provocative revisions of historical events. The first play, La Malinche, challenges the historical record of the tragic clash between Indians and Spaniards. The near-mythical La Malinche, who betrayed her country for love of Hernan Cortez but was then betrayed by him, is freed from the bonds of history to have her vengeance. She saves her legacy and destroys the legacy of the conquistador. In the second play, Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda, characters from a mural by painter Diego Rivera come to life to depict four centuries of Mexican history. Among these, Frida Kahlo, Rivera’s wife, finally steps out of his shadow as a woman and artist in her own right. Esperanza, a libretto for an opera, tells the story of Mexican miners who labored in twentieth-century Silver City, New Mexico. Based on the classic movie Salt of the Earth, this play deftly portrays the crisis that foretold the rise of the Chicano movement.
A collection of plays by the prolific Chicano playwright, including: Johnny Tenorio (1983), The Savior (1986), The Miser of Mexico (1989) and Pancho Diablo (1987). Morton is the winner of the National Latino Playwriting Contest (1986) and numerous other awards and grants.
Necessary Theater includes: The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa, by Luis Valdez; Money, by Arthur Giron; Latina, by Milcha Sanchez Scott with Jeremy Blahnik; Soldierboy, by Judith and Severo Perez; and Guadalupe and La victima, both by El Teatro de la Esperanza. Necessary Theater is the first anthology of Chicano theater published in a decade and includes only plays that have been professionally staged to critical acclaim. An introduction by Jorge Huerta, along with commentaries on each author and play, is included. Jorge Huerta, the author of Chicano Theater: Themes and Forms, is a professor in the drama department at the University of California-San Diego.
Drama. Latino/Latina Studies. Plays in Spanish. Carlos Morton, constructor de puentes entre dos paises distantes, es el dramaturgo que, con su teatro, ha puesto frente a los chicanos un espejo de sus suenos y esperanzas. El teatro de Morton da luces al pueblo chicano para que valore su pasado, reconozca la dignidad de su presente y pueda enfrentar orgullosamente su futuro -- Victor Hugo Rascon Banda. By the author of JOHNNY TENORIO AND OTHER PLAYS.
Zoot Suit and Other Plays by Luis Valdez
Publication Date: 1992-01-02
This anthology includes three of playwright and screenwriter Luis Valdez's most important and recognized plays, Zoot Suit, Bandido! and I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges, and an introduction by noted theater critic Dr. Jorge Huerta of the University of California-San Diego. Valdez is the director of the famous farm-worker theater, El Teatro Campesino.