Segundo Acto: The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the 1980s-90s
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This paper examines the history of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre during the 1980s and 1990s as a forum for the expression of a pan-Latinx identity. The paper draws on two different strands of evidence: plays that were produced and/or written during the period in question and archival material housed in the New York Public Library, including programs, newspaper articles, memos, reports, and contracts that the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre drew up with outside organizations during this period. The plays that are studied in this paper are The Fanlights by Rene Marques, Simpson Street by Eduardo Gallardo, The Boiler Room by Reuben Gonzalez, Bodega Federico Fraguada, Ariano by Richard Irizzarry, Spanish Eyes by Eduardo Ivan Lopez, I Am A Winner by Fred Valle, First Class by Candido Tirado, and Bomber Jackets by Rob Santana.