114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Diversifying the Classics: Bringing the Hispanic Golden Age to the Los Angeles Community

Presiding Officer: 
Marta Albalá Pelegrín, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

This session will discuss the “Diversifying the Classics” initiative (http://diversifyingtheclassics.humanities.ucla.edu/).

The comedias of the Hispanic Golden Age were plays for the people: performances took place in open-air theaters, where attendees of all classes and both sexes commingled. At the same time the works are sophisticated urban dramas, offering pointed reflections on the constructed nature of class and gender as well as the performativity of social roles in the burgeoning city, issues that resonate with audiences today.

Over the past two years, under the direction of Professor Barbara Fuchs, the Center for 17th– & 18th-Century Studies has endeavored to bring the comedia to Los Angeles audiences by attending to issues of translation and adaptation; connecting academics with practitioners; and hosting performances.

Diversifying the Classics encompasses five initiatives: L.A. Escena Performance Series, Hispanic classical theater and adaptations for L.A. audiences; Library of Translated Hispanic Classical Plays, a digital resource for theater practitioners; Classic Comedia, a bilingual digital and print anthology of monologues for actors; Classics in the Classroom, a program to introduce Hispanic classical theater to students via adaptations, the compilation of supporting materials, and connections with K–12 arts educators; and a future Performance Studies Database, listing scholars in the field prepared to guide theater professionals approaching new and underrepresented texts.

Closed (not accepting submissions)
Topic Type: 
Special Session