978-0-292-73049-6 / 0292730497

At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky: Andean Cosmology

by Urton, Gary

Publisher:University of Texas Press



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About the book:

Hispanic theatre flourished in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century until the beginning of the Second World Wara fact that few theatre historians know. A History of Hispanic Theatre in the United States: Origins to 1940 is the very first study of this rich tradition, filled with details about plays, authors, artists, companies, houses, directors, and theatrical circuits.

Sixteen years of research in public and private archives in the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Puerto Rico inform this study. In addition, Kanellos located former performers and playwrights, forgotten scripts, and old photographs to bring the life and vitality of live theatre to his text. He organizes the book around the cities where Hispanic theatre was particularly active, including Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York, and Tampa, as well as cities on the touring circuit, such as Laredo, El Paso, Tucson, and San Francisco.

Kanellos charts the major achievements of Hispanic theatre in each cityplaywriting in Los Angeles, vaudeville and tent theatre in San Antonio, Cuban/Spanish theatre in Tampa, and pan-Hispanism in New Yorkas well as the individual careers of several actors, writers, and directors. And he uncovers many gaps in the recordreminders that despite its popularity, Hispanic theatre was often undervalued and unrecorded.