Dandi Meng, Author at Diversifying the Classics
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Author:Dandi Meng

“The moment the play is in our hands, it is ours”. A conversation with Oscar Rodríguez Quiroz

“When I studied Theater as an undergrad, we would cover Molière, Shakespeare, Goldoni, and so forth, but no Hispanic author” said Óscar Rodríguez Quiroz, director of Sor Juana’s Love Is the Greater Labyrinth for Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre. First as a drama teacher in Honduras and now as an Artist-Educator and MFA Acting Candidate at Michigan State, Quiroz decided to explore the rich Hispanic tradition and turned to the famous Mexican writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, known for her protofeminism as well as her remarkable poetry and plays.READ MORE

Reimagining ‘Love is the Greater Labyrinth’ through Set and Costume Design by Emilia Mendez


Love is the Greater Labyrinth, written in 1698 by the Mexican nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, is a retelling of an Ancient Greek myth. This project, completed during my final year in the BA of Theatre Design program at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL, relocates the story to the rich cultural and geographic landscape of Mexico. This design aims to introduce the audience to elements of Mayan culture and theatrical sustainability, two themes I feel strongly about and am interested in exploring further in my work.READ MORE

The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs at CSU Bakersfield

On Oct. 26, part of the Diversifying the Classics team attended the opening night of The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs at CSU Bakersfield, in a production directed by Professor David Melendez. Javier Patiño, Marta Albalá, and Barbara Fuchs led a pre-show discussion with an enthusiastic audience. We wish the company a very successful run this weekend!


Don Quixote in New York! by Robin Kello

I do not mean to suggest that Alonso Quijano, Don Quijote de la Mancha, Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance and his squire Sancho Panza were themselves spotted in on the eastern side of the isle (not to be confused with ínsula) of Manhattan earlier this month. There was, however, a staged reading at Repertorio Español on October 3rd of the Diversifying the Classics translation of Guillén de Castro’s Don Quixote.READ MORE

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