Edit Villarreal, who was born in Texas, received an AB in theatre from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. In addition to her theatre work, Villarreal has written the film La Carpa ( 1993) for "American Playhouse." She is currently an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television in Los Angeles where she serves as head of the MFA Playwriting Program. Her current projects in film, television, and theatre include Foto-Novelas in development with the Public Broadcasting Service and two play commissions: Minus Four for the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles is a generational piece, and Horacio Alvarez for the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, California, is a Horatio Alger story set at the turn of the century. Villarreal also reviews theatre, fiction, and nonfiction on a regular basis for the San Jose Mercury News.
Edit Villarreal's work blends her Mexican heritage with her American identity. Her bicultural backgrounds are blended thematically and structurally in the plays, adding a touch of Latino "magic realism" to more traditional stories and structures. In My Visits with MGM (My Grandmother Marta), Villarreal has reconciled several oppositions to create a touching family portrait. Within a compact framework, the playwright has painted an epic tale of her grandmother's life. Using flash-forward and flashback, we get to know and understand Marta Grande (from age fifteen to eighty) as seen through the eyes and memory of her granddaughter, Marta Feliz. The fluidity of time and space achieved through the nonlinear structuring device allows the playwright to show the si-