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Good Scenes in Spanish?

  • 1.  Good Scenes in Spanish?

    Posted 02-16-2016 07:59
    I have a lot of beginning ESL students who are Spanish speakers. I know they need to learn English but I also know their confidence, motivation and theatre arts skills would take off if they worked on some scenes in Spanish. Anyone have recommendations of good scenes in Spanish, comic or serious, appropriate for high school?

    Julia Wharton
    Theatre Director/Educator

    "Theater is life without the boring parts."  Alfred Hitchcock

  • 2.  RE: Good Scenes in Spanish?

    Posted 02-16-2016 10:39

    'Cuba Si!' by Terrance McNally is an interesting piece. I saw an excerpt judging a competition recently, and it was a very intense, comic piece. Not entirely Spanish language, though there is some Spanish in it. Might not be appropriate for public performance at the high school level, but it could be a very interesting piece to do as classwork.

    Hope this helps and isn't too off the wall. I mention it because it has Spanish language in it, but overall it is English...but the protagonist gets away with having a heavy accent in their English speaking parts. Powerful/political/funny...classic McNally. Maybe worth a look.

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    Phillip Goodchild
    Theatre Arts Instructor/Assistant Department Head of English
    Ruskin FL

  • 3.  RE: Good Scenes in Spanish?

    Posted 02-16-2016 14:03

    We did some classwork a few years ago using an English and a Spanish text of Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street. The kids adapted scenes and monologues from the texts, swinging back and forth between the two languages. We presented parts of it in an Upper Level Spanish class, but never did a formal performance. The characters are mostly female, which worked for that particular class, but I think that any young adult novel or collection of poems that you can get in both languages could serve as a springboard for exploration.  In grad school we had to do scenes in Spanish from Bernarda Alba and Blood Wedding, but that may not be where your kids are at.  At any rate, good luck with your class!

    Meg O'Connor
    Alexandria VA

  • 4.  RE: Good Scenes in Spanish?

    Posted 02-17-2016 07:32
    En la ardiente oscuridad by Antonio Buero Vallejo. We actually read this in my upper level Spanish class. It's a play about students at a blind school. There are some interesting plot turns and good physical work to figure out to be a blind person on stage.
    There are tons of Spanish language plays out there. Golden Age Spain produced hundreds of plays. Way more than Shakespeare. I produced a translation of La verdad sospechosa by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón Love's true lies. the kids loved it.
    Federico Garcia Lorca wrote some amazing stuff in the 1930s
    There are also some great modern playwrights as well. Chicano literature is an awesome place to look for stuff about living between two cultures that these students might identify with.


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  • 5.  RE: Good Scenes in Spanish?

    Posted 02-21-2016 19:29

    Aileen, would you ever mind sharing the translation that you created?  I'd love to give it a read to consider producing here in MA.  Let me know!

    Jessica Harms
    Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
    Acton MA

  • 6.  RE: Good Scenes in Spanish?

    Posted 02-18-2016 17:38

    In February 2006, American Theatre magazine had the complete script to Luis Alfaro's Electricidad, a retelling of the Electra story set in a California barrio.  It mixed Spanish and English words, which seems to help many ESL students get through scenes from it.  It is also great for the native English speakers to be a little confused at all the Spanish words when it is performed in class.

    I can't find any sign of the play being published outside of American Theatre, but you can order a back issue of the magazine from TCG for $5.95.   

    C. J. Breland
    Asheville High School
    Asheville NC

  • 7.  RE: Good Scenes in Spanish?

    Posted 06-27-2016 08:08

    Thanks for all the good suggestions! Now that school is out, I'm looking forward to reading all these recommendations. I appreciate the help!

    Julia Wharton
    Theatre Director
    JEB Stuart High School
    Falls Church, VA

  • 8.  RE: Good Scenes in Spanish?

    Posted 4 days ago

    Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
    Austin TX