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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 190 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

Natalia Lassalle-Morillo; En Parábola; Antigone

En Parábola / Conversations on Tragedy (Part I)  

by Natalia Lassalle-Morillo

Amant New York (Brooklyn, NY)

March 14 - June 9, 2024

"Simultaneously a live performance, experimental film, and installation work, En Parábola: Conversations on Tragedy reimagines the myth of Antigone with a cast of non-professional performers residing in Puerto Rico and within its diaspora in the United States." Lassalle-Morillo builds on her work, [anti] [gone], that was staged at Walt Disney Modular Theatre in 2019.

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.

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John Leguizamo, The Center at West Park, Our Hood, Thornton Wilder

Our Hood  by John Leguizamo

(dir. Aaron Gonzalez)

The Center at West Park (New York, NY)

May 30 - 31, 2024

John Leguizamo's adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Our Town resets the story to 1990s Queens. This is a two-night reading, each with talkbacks afterwards. It had its first  staged reading with the MFA actors at The Guthrie in Minneapolis in summer 2023.

The Crazy Adventures of Don Quixote 

by Radamés Gavé and Manuel Antonio Morán

(dir. Manuel Morán)

Pregones/PRTT (New York, NY)

June 14 - 15, 2024

Teatro SEA brings their puppetry to Pregones/PRTT for one weekend. Performed in Spanish and English simultaneously and appropriate for children 8 years and up.

Teatro SEA Don Quixote, Pregones/PRTT
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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.

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
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."

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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." 

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.

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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This is an online, living, and growing archive of Latinx Theatre Adaptation. 

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