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Read reviews of Latinx Shakespeares (the book) fully available online in Shakespeare Quarterly here and in Ethnic and Third World Literatures here.

Welcome to the first online archive of Latinx theatrical adaptation.

LatinxShakespeares.Org is an archive that includes reviews and ephemera from over 200 Latinx-authored and/or Latinx-themed Shakespearean productions and adaptations and over 100 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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Recent, Current, & Upcoming Shows

The Comedy of Errors  by Rebecca Martínez and Julián Mesri

(dir. Rebecca Martínez) 

The Public Theater (New York, NY)

May 28 - June 30, 2024

Nominated for Outstanding Adaptation - 2024 Drama Desk Awards 

This bilingual musical adaptation has songs in English and in Spanish. It was first performed in 2023 in all five boroughs of New York. It is being remounted this year and will be toured throughout all five boroughs again.

The Comedy of Errors Mobile Unit, Rebecca Martínez, Julián Mesri
Medea Re-Versed, Luis Quintero, Bedlam Productions, HVSF

Medea Re-Versed  by Luis Quintero

(Co-Conceived and Directed by Nathan Winkelstein)

Co-Produced by Red Bull Theater and Bedlam

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Garrison, NY)

June 11 - September 2, 2024

World Premiere

Quintero's adaptation of Euripides' tragedy is written in battle rap verse and involves audience participation to challenge norms of musical theatre, and theatre more broadly. It had its first reading at Red Bull Theater in New York (dir. Nathan Winkelstein) in 2023.

Mother Road  by Octavio Solis 

(dir. David Mendizábal)

Berkeley Rep (Berkeley, CA)

June 14 - July 21, 2024

Octavio Solis creates the Mexican and Chicanx descendants of Tom Joad from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath in his epic play, Mother Road. Solis extends Steinbeck’s story and themes to a new generation. The play had its first staged reading at the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Carnaval in Chicago in 2015 and its world premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in 2019.

Mother Road, Octavio Solis, Berkeley Rep Mother Road
Love in a Time of Hate, Alberto Justiano, Teatro del Pueblo,  Latin American Romeo and Juliet

Love in a Time of Hate  by Alberto Justiniano

Luminary Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN)

June 20 - 20, 2024

This adaptation has a Latin American lens, and it is mostly in English with some Spanish. It is set in the future to illuminate the environmental and political issues of today.

Escobar's Hippo  by FRIGID New York

3rd Annual South Texas Latinx New Play Festival

South Texas College Cooper Center for the Performing Arts (McAllen, TX)

June 29, 2024

Franky D. Gonzalez’s Escobar’s Hippo is inspired by Eugène Ionesco’s plays, especially Rhinoceros and The Killer. The play is an absurdist comedy set in Colombia. It was first workshopped at Antaeus Theatre Company in 2020 and has had several workshops and readings since then. This is a staged reading.

Escobar's Hippo, Franky D. Gonzalez, STXLNPF
¡Estar Guars!, Latino Star Wars, The Latino Comedy Project

¡Estar Guars!  by The Latino Comedy Project

(dir. Adrian Villegas)

Austin Scottish Rite Theater (Austin, TX)

July 5 - 7, 2024

The Latino Comedy Project asks, "What would Star Wars have looked like if George Lucas had been JORGE Lucas?" This show returns after sold out runs.

Chela De Ferrari Hamlet, Teatro la Plaza, Peru Hamlet

Hamlet by Chela de Ferrari

(dir. Chela de Ferrari)

38th International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami

Westchester Cultural Arts Center (Miami, FL)

July 11 - 13, 2024

"A group of actors with Down syndrome takes the stage to share their longings and frustrations in a unique adaptation of Hamlet. The play weaves Shakespeare's text and the actors' lives and starts with its question regarding existence." Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

Somewhere Over the Border, Brian Quijada

Somewhere Over the Border  by Brian Quijada

(dir. Laura Alcalá Baker)

People's Light (Malvern, PA)

July 17 - August 11, 2024

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.

Coriolanus by Sean San José

(dir. Rosa Joshi)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR)

July 23 - October 13, 2024

Co-produced by OSF and Portland Center Stage, Sean San José's modern-verse translation from the Play On Shakespeare series will be a "movement-focused production" and feature a cast of female and non-binary actors.

Coriolanus; Sean San Jose; Rosa Joshi
Trópico Macbeth, John Rivera-Resto, LatinUs Theater Company

Trópico Macbeth  by John Rivera-Resto

LatinUs Theater Company (Cleveland, OH)

August 8 - September 7, 2024

Rivera-Resto sets the action in the Caribbean island of Santa Marina "in 1932 against the backdrop of the Banana Wars legacy and U.S president Franklin D. Roosevelt's new foreign policy toward Latin American countries." 

Private Lives, KJ Sanchez, Noel Coward, American Conservatory Theater

Private Lives  by Noël Coward

(dir. KJ Sanchez)

American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco, CA)

September 12 - October 6, 2024

Sanchez relocates Coward's 1930s comedy of manners in the French Riviera to 1930s Argentina.

La Escena - Diversifying the Classics' fourth edition of their biennial Hispanic classical theater festival 

Nimoy Theater, UCLA (Westwood, CA)

September 12 - 17, 2024

This year's festival will include new work by Grumelot (Madrid) and Los Colochos (Mexico City). It will also include several Golden Tongues adaptations of comedia by Los Angeles playwrights. In addition, there will be "performances of DTC translations, including Sor Juana’s Love is the Greater Labyrinth, Lope de Vega’s The Beast of Hungary, and an operatic take on Ana Caro’s The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs."

Hispanic Classical Theater, La Escena, Diversifying the Classics, Golden Tongues, Siglo de Oro, Spanish Golden Age theatre
El Quijote Repertorio Español, Santiago García, Jorge Alí Triana

El Quijote  by Cervantes

Adapted by: Santiago García

(dir. Jorge Alí Triana)

Repertorio Español (New York, NY)

October 22, November 7, December 3, December 17

 

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

Isaac Gómez, The Night Shift Before Christmas, KJ Sanchez

The Night Shift Before Christmas  by Isaac Gómez

(dir. KJ Sanchez)

Alley Theatre (Houston, TX)

December 5 - 24, 2024

With elements inspired by Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Gómez's play is a comedy set in the present day.

The Real James Bond... Was Dominican by Christopher Rivas

(dir. Daniel Banks)

City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh, PA)

January 18 - February 16, 2025

Rivas' one-man coming of age story is inspired by discovering that "Bond creator Ian Fleming drew upon the life of Porfirio Rubirosa—a Dominican diplomat."  It includes "a live percussion score and immersive projections." 

The Real James Bond... Was Dominican by Christopher Rivas
Karen Zacarías Shane, Dallas Theater Center

Shane  by Karen Zacarías

(dir. Blake Robison)

Dallas Theater Center (Dallas, TX)

January 31 - February 23, 2025

Karen Zacarías reimagined Jack Schaefer's 1949 novel, Shane, (made into a film in 1953). Zacarías created a new version of this Old West mythology, with "the Starretts as a Latino family and Shane as the son of a Cuban slave." The play premiered at The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in 2023.

The Age of Innocence  by Karen Zacarías

(dir. Hana S. Sharif)

Arena Stage (Washington, DC)

February 28 - March 30, 2025

Karen Zacarías re-imagined Edith Wharton's novel for the stage. 

The Age of Innocence by Karen Zacarías, Arena Stage
Teatro La Plaza Hamlet, Chicago Shakespeare Hamlet, CST Hamlet Spanish, Peruvian Hamlet

Hamlet  by Chela De Ferrari

(dir. Chela De Ferrari)

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Chicago, IL)

March 13 - 23, 2025

Teatro La Plaza from Lima, Peru, brings their Hamlet to CST.

"Blending Shakespeare’s text with personal anecdotes from their lives, a group of young performers with Down syndrome take the stage in a lively and profound theatrical experience." Performed in Spanish with English surtitles.

La Tempestad by Orlando Hernández, with Tatyana-Marie Carlo and Leandro "Kufa" Castro

(dir. Christie Vela)

Trinity Rep (Providence, RI)

March 27 - April 27, 2025

La Tempestad is a bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of The Tempest that was performed in various locations in Rhode Island in 2018 as part of the Teatro en el Verano series. It now transfers to the main stage. With subtitles in both languages.

La Tempestad, Trinity Rep, Orlando Hernández, Tatyana-Marie Carlo
Espejos Clean, Milwaukee Rep, Chrstine Quintana

Espejos Clean  by Christine Quintana
Spanish translation and adaptation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes

(dir. Juliette Carrillo)

Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Milwaukee, WI)

April 8 - May 11, 2025

A play about isolation and friendship, with two female actors. A bilingual play with Spanish and English supertitles.

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. 

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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.

Online Essays & Blogs

"Latinx Shakespeares as Performance Methodology," British Shakespeare Association, 2023.

 

West Side Story: A New Take on Romeo and Juliet, 60 Years Later,” Shakespeare & Beyond, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2022.

“Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet Turns 25,” Shakespeare & Beyond, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2021.

West Side Story: 60 Years as a Cultural Barometer,” Shakespeare & Beyond, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2021.

For media (audio, video, and interviews) and additional resources, see the Resources page. For a full list of my scholarship and media, see carladellagatta.com.

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