Recent Puerto Rican Theater: Five Plays from New York

Recent Puerto Rican Theater: Five Plays from New York

Recent Puerto Rican Theater: Five Plays from New York

Recent Puerto Rican Theater: Five Plays from New York

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Hispanic theater's gran florecimiento in New York City during the sixties and the seventies continued unabated through the eighties. Now, though the bloom has faded somewhat, Hispanic theater moves into the nineties stronger than ever with a firm sense of purpose to forge a new understanding of what it means to be a Latino in the United States. In the summer of 1990, New York hosted two Hispanic theater festivals. Teatrofestival, co-sponsored by Pregones Repertory Theater and TENAZ (the national organization of Chicano theaters), brought ten theater companies from California, Colorado, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Mexico, and Puerto Rico to the South Bronx. The New York Shakespeare Festival celebrated its fourteenth annual Festival Latino, including an Hispanic film series along with live theater by companies from all over the Western hemisphere. All over New York City hundreds of young Hispanics are pursuing their theatrical ambitions with companies like the African Caribbean Poetry Theater, Duo Theater (Spanish English Ensemble Theater), The Family, Festival Latino, Hispanic Drama Studio, Latin American Theater Ensemble, Pregones, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, El Repertorio Español, ROSA (Ricans Organization for Self Advancement), Tango Productions Co., Shaman Theatre Repertory Co., Teatro Moderno Puertorriqueño, to mention a few. Other organizations such as HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) and INTAR (International Arts Relations) offer a wide range of theatrical services to anyone interested in the arts. With more than twenty legitimate theater companies operating successfully throughout the city and dozens of other performances, Hispanic theater has become a force in New York theater.

The quite considerable contributions of Puerto Ricans, however, have been subsumed under the not very precise categories of Hispanic, Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American. One purpose of this anthology is to bring more clearly into focus the achievements of a talented rising generation of new Puerto Rican playwrights. As Americans, Puerto Ricans stand in a unique relationship to other Hispanic cultures; as Hispanics, they enjoy a distinctive place in the ethnic diversity of American culture. A result has been that their literary achievements have been represented in anthologies . . .

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