Sacred Space, Ritual and "Facultad": Contemporary Latina Playwrights Staging Transculturation in the Spirit World


Location: O'Shaughnessy Hall, Room 339

Anne García-Romero; Moreau postdoctoral fellow; Department of Film, Television and Theatre; University of Notre Dame

García-Romero will examine navigation of the spirit world in three plays by U.S. Latina playwrights: Elaine Romero’s ¡Curanderas! Serpents of the Clouds (2002), Karen Zacarías’ The Sins of Sor Juana (2001) and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Yemaya’s Belly (2007). Each playwright engages the supernatural through culturally diverse spiritual traditions including curanderismo, Santería, and Christianity. These playwrights’ explorations of the sacred reflect the dynamics of transculturation and the resulting plays move past a monolithic gaze toward a multifaceted way of seeing.

Anne García-Romero’s plays include Earthquake Chica, Mary Peabody in Cuba, Desert Longing, Juanita’s Statue, and Santa Concepción. They have been developed and produced most notably at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Arielle Tepper Productions’ Summer Play Festival (off-Broadway), The Mark Taper Forum, Hartford Stage, Borderlands Theater, and South Coast Repertory. She has also written for Peninsula Films, Elysian Films, and Disney Creative Entertainment. She holds an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and is an alumna of New Dramatists. She received her Ph.D. in Theater Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. As a Moreau postdoctoral fellow, she is currently writing a new play, completing a book on Latina playwrights, and teaching playwriting and theater history.

Sponsored by the Gender Studies Program