NOVEMBER 11 - 12, FRIDAY - SATURDAY
Into the Mainstream: Women in Modern Mexican Drama
International Symposium in Honor of Rodolfo Usigli, on his Centennial
This two-day symposium on modern Mexican drama focuses on the importance of women in recent drama.
Usigli designed strong and assertive female characters in several of his plays. Two of Usigli's
protégées, Rosario Castellanos and Luisa Josefina Hernndez, became important female voices
on the Mexican stage. In addition to José Luis Ibáñez, the symposium will include
internationally-know playwright Sabina Berman (see event listing for Monday, November 7), and Mexican
drama specialists Francine A'Ness, Jacqueline Bixler, Sandra Messinger Cypess, and
The following individuals will speak at the symposium:
Francine A'Ness, Assitant Professor of Spanish, Dartmouth College
A'Ness specializes in Iberoamerican theater, theories of performance, and theater in education. She
also has extensive experience as a theater director. She is currently writing a book, Inside/Outside:
Sabina Berman, Mexican Theater, and the Challenge of the International Stage.
Sabina Berman, Playwright
Berman is widely recognized for her successful theater producations; her play Entre Villa y una Mujer
Desnuda (Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman), will soon be performed off-broadway in a translation
by Kirsten Nigro. Her works challenge tranditional aesthetic and performance traditions, and question
conventional sterotypes. Berman is immersed in Mexican politics, and during the most recent
presidential elections in Mexico, worked in television, interviewing candadates.
Jacqueline Bixler, Alumni Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech University
A specialist in Latin American drama, Bixler is the author of Convention and Transgression: The
Theatre of Emilio Carballido and Sediciosas Seducciones: Sexo, Poder y Palabras en el Teatro de Sabina
Stuart A. Day, Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese,
Day's main area of teaching and research is contemporary Latin American literature, with a focus on theater and performance in
Mexico. Before joining the faculty at KU, he taught at The University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill (2000-2005), where he was a Faculty Fellow and recipient of two
teaching/mentoring awards. His book, Staging Politics in Mexico: The Road to
Neoliberalism, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2004. He has also published
an anthology of Chilean and Mexican plays (Diálogos dramatúrgicos: México-Chile, Tablado
Iberoamericano, 2002) and co-edited, with Jacqueline E. Bixler, El Teatro de Rascón Banda:
voces en el umbral (Escenelogía, 2005). Day has two published book chapters as well as
articles, play introductions, and interviews in a variety of journals. His current
projects include a manuscript on performance and parody in Mexico.
José Luis Ibáñez, Professor, School of Letters, Universidad Nacional
Autónoma de México(UNAM)
Ibáñez is recognized as one of Mexico's most successful and accomplished contemporary
directors. He is well-known for his work in musical comedies, but espeically as director of classical
and contemporary drama from Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Kirsten Nigro, Professor of Spanish and Chair, Department of Languages and Linguistics,
University of Texas-El Paso
Nigro has edited or co-edited five books of criticism on Latin American literature and is now
completing a book on border theater and playwrights in Mexico. Her English translation of Sabina
Berman's play Entre Villa y una Mujer Desnuda is scheduled for an off-Broadway production this year.
NOVEMBER 11, FRIDAY
Great Room - MacMillan Hall
|9:00 - 10:15
||Session Chair: Caryn Connelly, Spanish and Portuguese |
Kirsten Nigro, University of Texas, El Paso
"Generations of Mexican drmaturgas: Berta Hiriart, Estela Leñero and Ximena Escalante"
Francine A'Ness, Dartmouth College
"Making a Difference: Six Spectacular Women of the Mexican Stage"
|10:15 - 11:00
||Coffee Break |
|11:00 - 12:00
||Open Session, discussion with symposium participants|
Moderator: Patricia Klingenberg, Spanish and Portuguese
|3:00 - 4:00
Charles Victor Ganelin, Chair, Spanish and Portuguese
Welcome: Dianne Sadoff, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Science
Introduction: Ramón Layera, Professor of Spanish
Keynote Address: Sabina Berman (in English) - "Play"
Havighurst Speical Collections Library
|7:00 p.m.||Fall meeting of the Friends of the Miami University
Keynote Speaker: José Luis Ibáñez
Reception sponsored by Miami University Friends of the Library
NOVEMBER 12, SATURDAY
Great Room - MacMillan Hall
|9:00 - 10:00
||Session Chair: Julie Lirot, Spanish and Portuguese|
Jacqueline Bixler, Virginia Tech
"The Politics of Transculturation and Tr/adaptation in the Recent Theater of Sabina Berman"
Stuart Day, University of Kansas
"Other Weapons: Politics and Parody in Backyard by Sabina Berman"
|10:00 - 11:00||Coffee Break|
|10:30 - 12:00 ||Panel Discussion(In English) |
"The representation of the female Subject in Modern Mexican Drama"
Moderator: Patricia N. Klingenberg, Spanish and Portuguese
Francine A'Ness, Sabina Berman, Jacqueline Bixler, Stuart Day, José Luis
|2:00 - 3:00||Clase magistral: Sabina Berman (In
Bixler, Jacqueline E. Convention and Transgression: The Theatre of Emilio
Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press. 1997
Bixler, Jacqueline E., ed. Sediciosas Seducciones: Sexo, Poder y Palabras en el
Teatro de Sabina Berman. México, D.F.: Escenología, A.C. 2004
Cypess, Sandra Messinger La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to
Austin: University fo Texas Press. 1991
Entre Pancho Villa y una Mujer Desnuda / Between Pancho Villa and a Naked
Dir. Sabina Berman and Isabelle Tardan. Facets Video, Chicago 2000.
Nigro, Kirsten "Inventions and Transgressions: A fractured Narrative on Feminist
Theatre in Mexico." The Routledge in Gender and Performance Ed. Lizbeth
Goodman and Jane de Gay. London: Routledge. 1998 207-212