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Histories

Shakespeare's history plays are rarely adapted for Latinx cultures; they are less familiar to audiences and the specificity of their settings is integral to the action. Only one history play has been adapted for Latinidad, Herbert Siguenza's 2014 El Henry (Henry IV, Part I). Additionally, playwright Caridad Svich wrote Holler River (inspired by Henry IV, Part I) in 2018, and it will have its first full staging in April 2023. In 2020, Merced Shakespearefest staged a bilingual Ricardo II (Richard II).

Henry IV, Part I

2014 San Diego Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, WOW: Without Walls Festival 

San Diego, CA

El Henry  
by Herbert Siguenza

(dir. Sam Woodhouse)

Herbert Siguenza's apocalyptic take on Henry, IV, Part I is the subject of Chapter Six of Latinx Shakespeares, "Futures: Shakespearean Critical History." Siguenza resets the action in a post-apocalyptic future. 

 

The production starred Lakin Valdez as El Henry, Kinan Valdez as El Bravo (Hotspur), and Siguenza as El Fausto (Falstaff).

2018 Simpatico Theatre

Philadelphia, PA

Holler River
by Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich's Holler River is inspired by Henry IV, Part I. The play deals with the repercussions of war. Svich integrates music throughout.

Holler River had two readings in 2018 and will have its first full production in April 2023.

Holler River by Caridad Svich
Poster painted by Klaudia Biskup
Courtesy of 
Department of Communication, Media and Theatre

Northeastern Illinois University

Richard II

2020 Merced Shakespearefest

Merced, CA

Ricardo II 

(dirs. William Wolfgang, Maria Nguyen-Cruz, and Angel Nunez)
Link to full article

Ricardo II is a bilingual production, with the dialogue switching between English and Spanish throughout. The entire show is available to view for free and subtitles run throughout in both languages. For a full review, link to the full article.

All images courtesy of Merced Shakespearefest
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