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Performance in the Borderlands 2008–2009

  • Nov. 17, 8 p.m. | Ma’tinaa’ti’tech (No te entiendo, or “I don’t understand you”) | Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe campus | A play from a Mayan community in the Yucat–n Peninsula, and performed by Performed by Espiridios Acosta, Socorro Loeza, and Mary Llama. Ma’tinaa’ti’tech is about the encroachment of modernity and its effects on a traditional town. The young people are abandoning their language and customs, seeing them as sources of shame, and are lured instead by the promises of a bigger city and so–called modern culture. Caught between rebellion and desperation, the traditional world and the convenient one, the audience sees a very contemporary story about generational differences and the need for balance.
  • Nov. 17–18 | Readings in Contemporary Mexican Theatre/Lecturas del Teatro Mexicano Contemporaneo | Lyceum Theatre
  • Nov. 17 | First Session: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. | Welcoming Remarks: Tamara Underiner (ASU) and Israel Franco (CITRU)
  • 3:10 p.m. | Jovita Millán, "Política cultural del Estado Mexicano, ejercida a través del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes"/“Mexican National Cultural Policy through the National Institute of Fine Arts”
  • 4:45 p.m. | Break (Lobby)
  • 5 p.m. | Socorro Merlín, “"La dramaturgia de Emilio Carballido," “Emilio Carballido’s Dramaturgy”
  • 6:45 p.m. | Dinner Break
  • 8 p.m. | Theatre Presentation:"Ma’tinaa’ti kech" /"No te entiendo" / "I don't understand you"


Tuesday, Nov. 18

  • 3 p.m. | Keynote Presentation: Rodolfo Obregón, “Mexican Theatre Today"
  • Second Session: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. | Rocío Galicia, "La dramaturgia de Enrique Mijares, en el contexto del teatro del norte"/ “Enrique Mijares’ Dramaturgy in the Context of Theatre in Northern Mexico”
  • 5:45 p.m. | Break
  • 6 p.m. | Antonio Escobar, "La dramaturgia de Jesús Gonz–lez D–vila,” “Jesús González Dávila’s Dramaturgy”
  • 7:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks: Israel Franco (CITRU) and Tamara Underiner (ASU)

These events made possible through the Herberger College of the Arts, the Performance in the Borderlands Initiative, the Theatre and Performance of the Americas Program of the School of Theatre and Film, and the Consulate General of Mexico en Phoenix.

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Mary Stephens
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