The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes by Anne García-RomeroThe Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes by Anne García-Romero

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

byAnne García-Romero

Paperback | March 24, 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 García-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 Alegría Hudes; Obie Award–winner Caridad Svich; Karen Zacarías, 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—García-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.
Anne García-Romero is a playwright and theatre studies scholar. Her plays include Paloma, Provenance, Earthquake Chica, Mary Peabody in Cuba, Mary Domingo, Juanita's Statue, and Santa Concepción. She has published numerous articles on Latina/o theatre, community-based theatre, and playwriting pedagogy. She is a founding member of the L...
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Title:The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene FornesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.9 inPublished:March 24, 2016Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816531447

ISBN - 13:9780816531448

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"It takes time to appreciate fully the impact of a writer’s work and her teachings. This eloquent book is the result of Fornes's legacy and the many Latina writers she inspired."—Nilo Cruz, author of Anna in the Tropics