Sexual and Cultural Politics in Virgilio Piñera’s Theater, Exhibit
A Theatrical Thunderbolt: Cuban Playwright Virgilio Piñera in his Centenary
This exhibition is part of the University of Miami’s homage to the theatrical innovations of Cuban playwright Virgilio Piñera Llera (1912-1979) on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Credited with having brought modernism to Latin American theatre and for writing the first theatre of the absurd play, Piñera is one of Latin America’s most important playwrights.
The only one of its kind in the United States, the exhibition focuses on Piñera’s theatrical production in Greater Cuba with a special emphasis on the plays staged in the United States. It includes materials held at the Cuban Heritage Collection and in the Cuban Theater Digital Archive such as original typescripts and previously unpublished letters, playbills, photographs, stage and costume designs and other theater ephemera. Highlights of the exhibition are video clips from different productions of Piñera’s plays in Cuba and the United States.
Curated by Dr. Lillian Manzor with the assistance of Ernesto Fundora.
August 30 – September 1st, 2012
Hosted by the Department of
Modern Languages and Literatures
and the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund
The City of Coral Gables, Centro Cultural Español, ABC Charters, Xael Charters, and from the following University of Miami entities: The Cuban Theater Digital Archive, Program in Women and Gender Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Humanities and the Otto G. Richter Library’s Cuban Heritage Collection
Lillian Manzor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Alberto Sarraín, La Má Teodora
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Opening Reception and
A Theatrical Thunderbolt:
Cuban Playwright Virgilio Piñera in his Centenary
Cuban Heritage Collection
Otto G. Richter Library
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320
Public Humanities Keynote Address:
Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature