On August 3, 2019, El Paso entered the national zeitgeist when an active shooter killed 22 people at a Walmart. The shooter’s goal: to kill as many people of Mexican descent as possible.
Texas is home to a growing cohort of Latinx playwrights working in all parts of the state who have chosen to remain here despite the unique challenges that they face as artists of color in the Lone Star State.
As soon as Dallas Theater Center (DTC) announced its 2018-19 season, my group text with Houston theater writers began buzzing with excitement over productions of The Wolves and Sweat.
What power do young people have to transform the very fabric of our nation? How can theater do this type of social justice work?
Immigration, belonging, and identity are three of today’s most pressing issues; Dallas’s Cara Mia Theatre Co. is tackling them head-on.
When you think of Guys & Dolls, does the United States’ rising Latina/o population come to mind?
If good playwrights tend to have discerning ears for the language and voices around them, then perhaps those wanting to produce a new kind of theater festival need to become the most sensitive of auditory aficionado as well. Kenn McLaughlin, artistic director of Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, seems to subscribe to this theory because when the company began organizing their new play-reading event that would become Sin Muros: A Latina/o Theatre Festival, he knew the first act of creation was to be quiet and listen.
From Oct. 29-Nov. 19, 2017, San Antonio’s Nicolás Valdez will travel to California to be in residence at the Los Angeles Theatre Center where his show, Conjunto Blues, will play in repertory alongside 12 other productions as part of the Encuentro de las Américas International Theatre Festival.
What do we mean when we talk about Latina/o theater in Texas? This was the question I kept pondering at the beginning of yet another one of the wandering/mapping jaunts I occasionally take when I find myself yearning to exploring more Texas theater.
Already bursting with talent, Chicago will be overflowing with creativity from July 23-25. That’s when the groundbreaking Carnaval 2015 is taking place at the Theatre School at DePaul University.