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Diversifying the Classics in San Antonio at MacArthur High School by Mahalia Dinglasan

Directing and producing The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs by Ana Caro will remain a definitive point in my teaching career. MacArthur High School Theatre participated in University Interscholastic League (UIL) One Act Play, a theatre competition unique to Texas, in which schools compete with a 40 -minute play in a 6-round contest culminating at the State level. Each participating school is judged against 5 other schools per round, with the hope of advancing to State. Courage made it all the way to the Region contest, placing MacArthur in the top 25 schools for our conference and was a Texas premiere to boot—Courage had never been done in UIL before. Or in Texas, or, as far as we know, in any high-school setting.READ MORE

Golden Tongues Shine on Page and Stage

As we celebrate the landmark tenth anniversary of the Golden Tongues project, Diversifying the Classics is delighted to announce both an upcoming anthology and our seventh series of Golden Tongues staged readings. READ MORE

“A Completely Different Set of Possibilities”: In Conversation with David Melendez

Headshot of David A. Melendez

“When we talk about Shakespeare, it’s 36 plays—that’s it!,” Cal State Bakersfield Professor of Theatre History & Literature David Melendez tells me. “Let’s make other works visible to expand this canon. Here we have a completely different set of possibilities.” Those possibilities are the many works written across the Hispanic world during the early modern period, a corpus of plays long obscured by the Shakespeare-centric focus of classical theatre in the United States. 

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¡Buenas Noticias!: New Funding for Future Diversifying the Classics Projects

As a small operation with big plans, the Diversifying the Classics initiative depends on support from organizations in line with our mission of promoting Hispanic classical theater through translation, performance, and an ongoing series of public-facing events. We are thus delighted to announce that, with the help of three new grants, we will be able to offer exciting new works at the 2024 LA Escena, the first festival of the comedia tradition in Los Angeles, and continue to expand our “Library of Translated Hispanic Classical Plays,” offered free of charge on our website and published with Juan de la Cuesta Press. READ MORE

LA Librería Workshop

Diversifying the Classics recently partnered with LA Librería, a bookshop and distributor dedicated to Spanish-language children’s books, to present a theatrical adaptation for children of Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna. READ MORE