WHAT LIES BEYOND SHAKESPEARE?
What would it take for classical theater in the US to diversify not just its personnel, but also its canon?
What are the stakes, and the possible effects, of bringing to diverse audiences the canon of early modern Hispanic theater that has largely gone unproduced and unremarked in US theatrical circles? In recent years, theaters across the US have made a strong commitment to greater diversity in their personnel. Yet for the classical canon we have not yet seen a concomitant diversification of authors or texts. Often ignored is the vibrant, Spanish-language theatrical tradition developed on both sides of the Atlantic by playwrights such as Spaniards Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca, or Mexicans Ruiz de Alarcón and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Diversifying the Classics seeks to foster awareness and appreciation of Hispanic classical theater in Los Angeles and beyond
We’re expanding the canon to include the heritage of US Latino communities. While our work is based in Los Angeles, we hope to reach theater professionals across the US, offering them the materials and tools to explore the rich tradition of the comedia.