Directing a play by Rudolfo Anaya: un recuerdo y muchas memorias
AuthorsHuerta, Jorge A.
IdentifiersPermanent link (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10017/51468
Instituto Franklin de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos, Universidad de Alcalá
Huerta, Jorge A. Directing a play by Rudolfo Anaya: un recuerdo y muchas memorias. Camino real: estudios de las hispanidades norteamericanas, 2022, Número especial, p. 49-63. ISSN 1889-5611
Who Killed Don José?
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In 1987 I had the honor of directing the world premiere of Rudolfo Anaya’s play, “Who Killed Don José?” for La Compañía de Teatro de Alburquerque. Much has been written about the import and impact of Anaya’s novels and other writings but very little has been published about his plays. In his “Comments from the playwright” preceding his collection titled “Billy the Kid and other Plays”, Anaya wrote, “I was a drop in the bucket of the Chicano Theater movement that came alive during the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 70s.” (Anaya, “Who Killed Don José?” x). He then reminds his readers that performances and rituals have been a part of the of the indigenous, Spanish and mestizo cultures of New Mexico for centuries. Indeed, “Los Pastores” is undoubtedly the play in which a fifth-grade Rudy Anaya played that shepherd, a play that was brought to the “Américas” by the Spanish colonizers. It was only natural that this man of many voices should turn his gaze to the stage as another platform on which to bring to life his fellow Nuevo Mexicanos, their history and cultures.