The Miami University Libraries, in
collaboration with Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Theater and
the will hold a series of interdisciplinary
activities as part of the Rodolfo Usigli centennial
celebration in Fall 2005.
The events will include a staged reading of one of
Usigli's ground-breaking plays, The Imposter (El Gesticulador), a
public film viewing, a library exhibit and an
international symposium Into the Mainstream: Women in Modern Mexican
Miami is the logical site for this commemoration
as the University serves as home of the Rodolfo Usigli
Archive. The Archive is maintained by the Libraries’
Walter Havighurst Special Collections Library.
Miami’s plans have been developed in conjunction
with the Centro Nacional de Investigación Teatral
"Rodolfo Usigli" (CITRU) in Mexico City. CITRU is slated
to sponsor a separate distinguished lecture and library
Rodolfo Usigli (1905-1979) was a playwright, essayist,
novelist, and poet. Usigli was also a noted historian,
educator and theater practitioner who helped lay
the foundations for the theater in Mexico in terms of
professional and creative standards.
Special Collections has been preparing copies of Usigli
materials for shipment to Mexico for display at the Centro
Nacional de las Artes (CENART) and on the campus of the
Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
The Miami University Friends of the Libraries will
host a discussion by acclaimed Mexican stage director
José Luis Ibáñez during its Fall Meeting on November 11.
Ibáñez has directed plays at the International Siglo de
Oro Festival, held annually at the Chamizal Theater in El
In 2000 he was a visiting Professor of Theater at
Hebrew University in Israel. Ibáñez received Mexico's
National University Prize for his creative works in 2001.
Ibáñez will also serve as a special guest director for
several staged readings of Usigli's groundbreaking play,
The Imposter at Miami and elsewhere. The Department of
Theater and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
will host Ibáñez during a three-week residency. Ibáñez will also deliver lectures to several different
classes throughout Miami during his residency.
The celebration events are supported by:
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the John W. Altman Humanities Scholar-in-Residence
Program with the generous support of the Center for American and World Cultures, Department of
Theater, Grayson Kirk Lecture/International Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Latin American
Studies Program, Miami University Libraries, Miami University Art Museum, Office of International
Education, Women's Studies Program