Monday, December 14, 2020

Scenes for Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre


Edited by Micha Espinosa and Cynthia DeCure

From the Publisher:

The repertoire offered in Scenes for Latinx Actors (Smith & Kraus) provides actors with a multitude of stories about Latinx life in the Americas in all of its complexity. Nonetheless each scene provides performers with what they need from this volume for classroom and professional presentations: short, incisive, lucid scenes and compelling relationships and play worlds that make the richness of Latinx life perceivable by a variety of audiences. The content of scenes varies wildly, some take on contemporary racist and xenophobic political formations, others gesture to the long history and the effects of dictatorships in the Southern Cone. Others take on daily life in American cities, revealing the characters struggles to survive. There are stories of leaving and coming home, plays based on Greek myths, plays that re-write history, plays that point to the racism of Hollywood and the industry. All are compelling and emotionally gripping, many are slyly humorous, a few downright heartbreaking. Scenes for Latinx Actors is an extraordinary resource for the American Theater of the 21st Century.

About the Editors:

Micha Espinosa is an Arizona-based artist, activist, teacher, and voice, speech and dialect coach. She has performed, lectured and taught around the world. She is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre and affiliate faculty with the School of Transborder Studies.

Cynthia DeCure is an Assistant Professor Adjunct of Acting at the Yale School of Drama. She is a bilingual actor and dialect coach with more than 20 years of professional experience. DeCure specializes in coaching accents of Spanish in both Spanish and English. She previously served on the faculty at California State University, Stanislaus, UC Santa Barbara, University of Southern California, and California Institute of the Arts. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MFA from California State University, Los Angeles.

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