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For a five-minute read on the motivations for and history of this archive, see the British Shakespeare Association's August blog here.

Welcome to the first online archive of Latinx theatrical adaptation.

LatinxShakespeares.Org is an archive that includes reviews and ephemera from over 180 Latinx-authored and/or Latinx-themed Shakespearean productions and adaptations and over 90 Latinx-authored and/or Latinx-themed adaptations of other western classics staged in the United States over the last seventy-five years. 

This archive is intended for artists and researchers, and anyone who is interested in theatre history and art-making.

Latinx Shakespeares was built, created, and is run by Carla Della Gatta, PhD, a theatre historian and performance theorist who has researched the intersections of Shakespeare and Latinidad since 2010. She works with theaters and artists on staging ethnic and bilingual classical theatre.

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Current & Upcoming Shows

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Hamlet: La Telenovela  by FRIGID New York

(dir. Federico Mallet)

Kraine Theater (New York, NY)

July 21 - 30, 2023

NOW EXTENDED: September 16, October 6, and December 15.

Hamlet told in the style of a telenovela, in Spanish with English subtitles. It is produced by FRIGID NY, Something From Abroad, and Quemoción. The production is 100 minutes without an intermission.

Courtesy of Martha Preve

Somewhere Over the Border 

by Brian Quijada

(dir. Laura T. Garza)

Teatro Audaz (San Antonio, TX)

September 2 - 17, 2023

Quijada’s take on The Wizard of Oz is a semi-biographical and fantastical narrative of his mother’s journey from El Salvador to the U.S. It premiered in 2022 at Teatro Vista in Chicago.

Somewhere Over the Border by Brian Quijada
Quixote Nuevo by Octavio Solis

Quixote Nuevo  by Octavio Solis

(dir. Lisa Portes)

South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA)

September 30 - October 8, 2023

First performed in 2018, Solis’ Quixote Nuevo is a fundamentally new play from his earlier Don Quixote. Departing from Cervantes’ novel, it includes a contemporary borderlands setting and a Papa Muerte calaca figure. By its stagings in 2021, puppetry was integrated into the show. Lisa Portes returns to direct, and Herbert Siguenza returns to play the lead role.

Don Quixote by Guillén de Castro

Translated by: Diversifying the Classics

(dir. José Zayas)

Red Bull Theater (New York, NY)

October 2- 8, 2023

This Spanish Golden Age play based on Cervantes' novel has been translated into English by the Diversifying the Classics translation group. Tickets are available for both in-person and online audiences.  Red Bull is hosting a series of events.

On October 10th, Repertorio Español will host a reading of the original text in Spanish with English supertitles.

Don Quixote - Red Bull Theater
El Quijote the play

El Quijote  by Cervantes

Adapted by: Santiago García

(dir. Jorge Alí Triana)

Repertorio Español (New York, NY)

Monthly

Upcoming dates: October 17, November 8, December 6, December 16

Running for over 16 years in repertory, this classic is a hallmark production of Repertorio Español. It is performed in Spanish with English translations available.

¡Bernarda!  by Emilio Williams

(dir. Wendy Mateo)

Teatro Vista (Chicago, IL)

October 18 - November 19, 2023

This adaptation of Federico García Lorca's La Casa de Bernarda Alba premieres at Teatro Vista.

¡Bernarda! by Emilio Williams
Othello by Franky Gonzalez

Othello  by Franky D. Gonzalez

(dir. Teresa Coleman)

Bishop Arts Theatre Center (Dallas, TX)

October 19 - November 5, 2023

This adaptation set in the 21st century retains Shakespeare's plot but centers on Imani Othello, the first Black woman to become the head football coach of a major team. Imani Othello is played by actress Denise Lee. Gonzalez is currently Playwright-In-Residence at BATC.

La Vida Es Sueño  by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

(dir. Liane Schirmer)

Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (Los Angeles, CA)

October 27 - November 5, 2023

Bilingual Foundation of the Arts is producing Calderon's Life is a Dream in its original Spanish, with English supertitles.

La Vida Es Sueño
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Odyssey and the Flowers in the Sun  by Miguel Loyola

Presented by: El Centauro Mecánico

FRIGID New York & Something from Abroad (New Yor,k, NY)

October 28 - November 2, 2023

As part of the extensive lineup of celebrations and performances for the Days of the Dead Festival, Miguel Loyola's adaptation of The Odyssey centers on a female character named Odyssey who has lost her mother and then travels overseas to Mexico to learn about her future.

 

Hamlet: La Telenovela by FRIGID New York, directed by Federico Mallet (2023)

Panto Alicia in Wonderland  by TEATRX

(dir. Benito Vasquez and Marissa Castillo)

Stages (Houston, TX)

December 1- 31, 2023

This adapatation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland features Alice as she prepares for her quinceañera and goes down the rabbit hole to enter a magical world that celebrates her culture.

It's a Wonderful Vida  by Herbert Siguenza

(dir. Nora Moreno-Jarrell)

Teatro Audaz (San Antonio, TX)

December 7 - 17, 2023

Herbert Sigüenza’s adaptation situates the story in Corpus Christi in 1957, with the Pacheco Morales family who have experienced crossing the border to flee the Mexican Revolution. The play incorporates satire and telenovela, and a heightened comic tone alongside its social critique.

Borderlands Shakespeare

Available Books

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This book includes essays and interviews from 25 playwrights, actors, scholars, dramaturgs, and directors who work at the intersections of Shakespeare and Latinx theatrical production.

It is available at all major online booksellers in hardcover and ebook. In February 2023, it went to paperback. 

Latinx Shakespeares, the monograph, explores how Latinx culture is constructed dramaturgically and textually in recent Shakespearean adaptations and productions.

It is available at all major online booksellers.

It is also available for FREE to download. Hit the button below.

LatinxShakespeares.Org is a non-profit site.
This is an online, living, and growing archive of Latinx Theatre Adaptation. 

Please credit all artists and scholars appropriately.

Please cite the archive in your dramaturgical and scholarly research.

All images and ephemera have been posted with permission from theaters and artists.

They may not be reproduced or re-posted without permission.

I built and paid for this site myself because of my love for theatre and theatre-makers.

I will be managing it as editor and adding to it each month.

All donations go to maintenance of the site.

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