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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 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

Las Hermanas Palacios  by Cristina García

Translated by: Achy Obejas

(dir. Adrián Alea)

GALA Hispanic (Washington, DC)

February 1 - 25, 2024

García's play is inspired by Chekhov's Three Sisters. García sets the action in 1985 in Miami among drug violence and the outset of the AIDS crisis, with the three sisters as newly-arrived from Havana. Originally performed as a radionovela in English in 2021, it has been translated into Spanish for this stage production.

GALA Hispanic; The Palacios Sisters; Cristina García
The Age of Innocence; Karen Zacarias; The Old Globe San Diego

The Age of Innocence  by Karen Zacarías

(dir. Chay Yew)

The Old Globe (San Diego, CA)

February 8 - March 10, 2024

Latina playwright Karen Zacarías adapts Edith Wharton's novel for the stage.

Hamlet by Reynaldo Piniella and Emily Lyon

Translation by Cristin Eve Cato 

(dir. Kent Gash)

The Acting Company (New York, NY)

February 12, 2024

This bilingual Hamlet was in the works in 2019 and delayed due to Covid-19. It was part of the Folger's new play festival, The Reading Room, in 2023. The Acting Company is hosting a reading for one-night only as part of their Louanna O. Carlin and John MacDonald Reading Series.

Reynaldo Piniella; Emily Lyon; Cristin Eve Cato; Kent Gash; Latino Hamlet
Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale; Karen Zacarias; Nadia Guevara; Deborah Wicks La Puma

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale  by Karen Zacarías

Music by: Deborah Wicks La Puma

(dir. Nadia Guevara) 

Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD)

February 15 - April 7, 2024

This adaptation of Cinderella was developed for children and includes Cinderella, new characters Rose and Joey, her padrino (godfather), and four classmates.

En Parábola: Conversations on Tragedy  by Natalia Lassalle-Morillo

Amant New York (Brooklyn, NY)

February 22 - May 19, 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.

Puerto Rican Antgone; Latinx Antigone
12 Ophelias; Caridad Svich, Latine Shakespeares

12 Ophelias  by Caridad Svich

(dir. Brett Womack) 

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)

February 22 - 25, 2024

Svich's riff on Hamlet centers Ophelia and includes poetry and music. It has a "neo-Elizabethan Appalachian setting" and it had its first production in 2004.

Hamlet, Princesa de Dinamarca

Hamlet, Princesa de Dinamarca by Juliana Morales Carreño and Sebastián Eddowes-Vargas

(dir. Juliana Morales Carreño)

David Geffen School of Drama at Yale (New Haven, CT)

February 23 - 24, 2024

This bilingual Hamlet centers on a female Hamlet who is a Caribbean migrant.

House of Desires  by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Adapted by Esteban Marmolejo-Suarez and Alex Berrios

(dir. Esteban Marmolejo-Suarez)

We Happy Few (Washington, DC)

February 24, 2024

This staged reading of a new adaptation of Sor Juana's play will be held at Big Bear Cafe's upstairs bar.  It is part of We Happy Few's Expanding the Canon series of virtual readings.

House of Desires; Sor Juana; Esteban Marmolejo-Suarez

Valor, Outrage, and Woman by Ana Caro

Translation by the UCLA Working Group on the Comedia in Translation and Performance:

(dir. Sylvia Cervantes Blush)

Bowdin College (Brunswick, ME)

February 29 - March 2, 2024

This bilingual production of Ana Caro's Siglo de Oro (Spanish Golden Age) play includes music from the ensemble La Chimera.

The show is part of a weekend of events at Bowdin celebrating and discussing bilingualism and early modern theatre and music.

Valor, Outrage, and Woman; Bowdin theatre; Ana Caro
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Wolf at the Door  by Marisela Treviño Orta

(dir. Marilet Martinez) 

Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) -  (Santa Maria, CA)

February 29 - March 17, 2024

"After Isadora and Septimo suffer an unthinkable loss, the brutal Septimo forces a very pregnant stranger, Yolot, to stay against her will. But Isadora and Yolot start making a plan of their own. Inspired by Latino folklore and mythology, Wolf at the Door is a thrilling part of a cycle of gothic fairy tales by Marisela Treviño Orta".

El Otro Oz  by Mando Alvarado & Tommy Newman

Music & Lyrics by: Jaime Lozano & Tommy Newman

(dir. Elena Araoz)

Kirk Douglas Theatre (Culver City, CA)

March 2 - 3, 2024

A bilingual musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz. The story centers on Dora, who is about to have her quinceañera. The play was first performed in various venues in New York in 2022, also directed by Araoz.

El Otro Oz; Mando Alvarado; The Wizard of Oz; Elena Araoz
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Quijote y Sancho Panza, Nuevas Andanzas  by Patricia Suárez

(dir. Claudio Aprile) 

GALA Hispanic (Washington, DC)

March 9 - 23, 2024

A bilingual play with music inspired by Cervantes' Don Quijote.

Antigona 3.0  by by Jonathan Heras, Milta Ortiz, and Marc David Pinate

(dir. Roweena Mackay)

Borderlands Theatre (Tuscon, AZ)

March 28 - April 14, 2024

The play is set in an "alternate universe, where the actors play a heightened characterization of themselves. . . [and] they've received the biggest funding of their career." The play had its first reading in 2023, and this is an in-process showing of the work.

Antigona 3.0; Borderlands Theatre; Latinx Antigone
Romeo y Juliet; Karen Zacarías; KJ Sanchez

Romeo y Juliet  by Karen Zacarías

Adapted by KJ Sanchez and Karen Zacarías

(dir. Anna Skidis Vargas) 

University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)

April 10-21, 2024

This bilingual adaptation set in 1840s Alta California and involves a Romeo and Juliet both played by women as women. It had its first production at CalShakes in Orinda, CA, in 2022.

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

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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.

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