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U.S. premiere of Mayan play is theatre symposium feature

November 12, 2008

The lives and work of three leading Mexican playwrights and the U.S. premiere of a Mayan-language play from Yucatán are featured in Readings in Contemporary Mexican Theatre, the first in the annual Performance in the Borderland (PIB) series at the ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film.

The annual PIB initiative is designed to bridge cultural boundaries by offering events featuring Latino artists, critics and scholars. The two-day November symposium features presentations by leading Mexican scholars of Centro de Investigación, Documentación e Información Teatral Rodolfo Usigli (CITRU) and provides insight and commentary on Mexican cultural policy and the status of Mexican theatre today.

The play, Ma´tinaa´ti kech /No te entiendo / I don't understand you, is performed in Mayan and Spanish. A printed English synopsis also is available. The play explores the cultural journey of a Mayan girl who leaves her rural village and moves to the city. It is produced in association with the Mexican Consulate and Performance in the Borderlands.

Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

Nov. 17 – 18; 3 p.m., 8 p.m.

Events Schedule:
Nov. 17 
First Session: 3 – 7 p.m.
3 p.m.: Welcoming Remarks: Tamara Underiner (ASU) and Israel Franco (CITRU)
3:10 p.m.: Jovita Millán, “Política cultural del Estado Mexicano, ejercida a través del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes”/Mexican National Cultural Policy through the National Institute of Fine Arts
4:45 p.m.: Break (lobby)
5 p.m.: Socorro Merlín, “La dramaturgia de Emilio Carballido," Emilio Carballido’s Dramaturgy
6:45 p.m.: Dinner break 
8 p.m: Theatre presentation: Introduction by Mexican Consulate
Ma´tinaa´ti kech /No te entiendo/ I don't understand you

Nov. 18
3 p.m.: Keynote presentation: Rodolfo Obregón, Mexican Theatre Today
Second Session: 4 – 8 p.m.
4 p.m.: Rocío Galicia, “La dramaturgia de Enrique Mijares, en el contexto del teatro del norte”/ Enrique Mijares’ Dramaturgy in the Context of Theatre in Northern Mexico
5:45 p.m: Break
6 p.m.: Antonio Escobar, “La dramaturgia de Jesús González Dávila,” Jesús González Dávila’s Dramaturgy
7:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks: Israel Franco (CITRU) and Tamara Underiner (ASU)

All events and the performance are free.

Public Contact
Herberger College box office, 480.965.6447
School of Theatre and Film. 480.965.5337

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Laurie A. Trotta Valenti
ASU Herberger College 
School of Theatre and Film