Collection Title: Latina Theatre Lab collection
Title: Last stop ranchera
Date: 1999 Mar
Location: Performed at the il Teatro 450 in San Francisco, California, in March 1999.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Storytelling., Autobiography.
Monica Sanchez, guest writer ; Cherrie Moraga, guest dramaturg ; Prado (nee Yvette) Gomez, stage manager ; Alexandra Vazquez, lighting designer ; Enrique Coria, sound designer.
Yolanda Aranda, Jaime Lujan, Tessa Koning-Martinez, Selena Sue Navarro, Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Andrea Cristina Thome , performers ; Enrique Coria, guest master guitarist.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:56:12
Language: Includes English and Spanish.
Synopsis: Commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (1998-1999 Wattis Artist-in-residence, established by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wattis with leadership support from Catherine and Ted Topham), this is the third incarnation of Latina Theater Lab’s Last Stop Ranchera. Drawing on personal histories and memories, seven women discover stories of love, betrayal, loss, shattered dreams and, ultimately, pride. The play has three movements: 'Once' – Stories from the past and about ancestors; 'Jump' – Stories about family and growing up, viewed through little girls’ eyes; 'Forte' – Observations that try to explain and to assume who we are today. Latina Theatre Lab was one of the first and only all-Latina collective of writers, performers, and directors in the U.S. Their performance-sketch work dealt with pop culture, immigration, cross-cultural identities, and the complexities of 'being Latina.' It was founded in 1994 by four San Francisco Bay Area actresses: Dena Martinez, Jaime Lujan, Tessa Koning-Martinez and Wilma Bonet. Their purpose was to create theater that would go beyond the ever shrinking and limited range of roles for which Latina actresses were being considered. These roles were scarce, and rarely defied stereotypes. From 1994-1999, Latina Theatre Lab's work played with these cultural and gender stereotypes, exploring the legacies they inherited both as Latinas and as women. They also have collaborated with Culture Clash, the Asian American Theater Company, and the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors.
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Copyright Holder: Jaime Lujan, Latina Theater Lab