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The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes (Paperback)
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The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 24/03/2016
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A key way to view Latina plays today is through the foundational frame of playwright and teacher Maria Irene Fornes, who has trained a generation of theatre artists and transformed the field of American theatre. Fornes, author of Fefu and Her Friends and Sarita and a nine-time Obie Award winner, is known for her plays that traverse cultural, spiritual, and aesthetic borders.

In The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes, Anne Garcia-Romero considers the work of five award-winning Latina playwrights in the early twenty-first century, offering her unique perspective as a theatre studies scholar who is also a professional playwright.

The playwrights in this book include Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegria Hudes; Obie Award-winner Caridad Svich; Karen Zacarias, resident playwright at Arena Stage in Washington, DC; Elaine Romero, member of the Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit in Chicago, Illinois; and Cusi Cram, company member of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City.

Using four key concepts-cultural multiplicity, supernatural intervention, Latina identity, and theatrical experimentation-Garcia-Romero shows how these playwrights expand past a consideration of a single culture toward broader, simultaneous connections to diverse cultures. The playwrights also experiment with the theatrical form as they redefine what a Latina play can be. Following Fornes's legacy, these playwrights continue to contest and complicate Latina theatre.

Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816531448
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm

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