Collection Title: Latina Theatre Lab collection
Title: ¿¡Qué Nuevas!?
Alternate Title: What's new!?
Date: 1995 Feb. 18
Location: Performed at the Brava! for Women in the Arts' Studio Theater, in San Francisco, California, on February 18, 1995.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Multimedia., Political parody.
Sylvia Sahagun Gonzalez, stage manager ; Alan Katzman, sound designer ; Alexandra Vazquez, lighting designer ; Wilma Bonet, video concept and design.
Yolanda Aranda, Cristina Frias, Valerie de Jose, Tessa Koning-Martinez, Jaime Lujan, Sunny Martinez, Maria Elena Mestayer, Gloria Ponce, Mary Anne Rodgers, Andrea Cristina Thome, Leedia Urteaga, performers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:49:13
Language: Includes English and Spanish.
Synopsis: ¿¡Qué Nuevas!? - What’s New!?, Latina Theatre Lab’s first Original Musical Comedy, examined stereotypes within the Entertainment Industry through the varied experiences of eleven Latina actresses. With Carmen Miranda as an icon, interwoven with video interviews of the performers, this work explores self-image, self-doubt, and finally self-acceptance by dropping the mask and singing 'Mamá yo quiero!'.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.' The group was founded in 1994 by four San Francisco Bay Area actresses known as the 'comadres': 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 racial 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 collaborated with fellow comedy troupes in California, such as Culture Clash, the Asian American Theater Company, and the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors.
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