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Wednesday August 22, 2012 in Books
Fuelled by equal parts outrage, intelligence and wit, Fronteras Americanas recreates one person’s struggle to construct a home between two cultures, while exploding the images and constructs built up around Latinos and Latin America. This one-person play works through bold juxtapositions and satiric reference points: Simón Bolívar and Speedy Gonzales; Columbus and Fodor’s travel guides; Ricky Ricardo and the Latin Lover; La Bamba and Placido Domingo; Carlos Fuentes and American drug-war movies. Verdecchia twirls stereotypes and clichés, offers comparative histories, examines myths and mysticism, and provides lessons in language and dancing.
However, even as the ungovernable and surrealistic Fecundo Morales Secundo, or “Wideload,” edifies us about how sex between a “Latin” and a “Saxon” can be “a mind-expanding and culturally enriching experience,” eloquently quoting Octavio Paz and Federico García Lorca in direct response to contemporary struggles and injustices, he also transcends his role of “ estereotype,” reaching a place beyond maps that are only metaphors where borders are more than divisions between countries and take on the most outlandish properties.
In Verdecchia’s preface to the new edition, when examining his reasons for bringing forth a “refried” form of Fronteras Americanas in the 21st century, he indicates:
There are, after all, people all over the globe living, crossing, resisting, defining, and defending linguistic, cultural, racial, gender, psycho- geographical, cartographic, political and other borders. While the world has changed in many ways since I first wrote and performed it, the processes of migration, displacement, and globalization that informed the play’s creation have only accelerated. Some of us may lead more networked lives now, but the Border is alive and well and living all over the globe.
Cast of 1 man.
ISBN 13: 9780889227057 | ISBN 10: 889227055
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 80 pages
$16.95 CAN / $16.95 US
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
QUOTES OF NOTE
"Funny, fast-paced, smart, and provocative."
—Globe and Mail
"By turns funny and profound and often both at once."
"A witty and intelligently lively deconstruction of the Latin American experience."
—Books in Canada
"An intelligent, heartfelt take on the Latin American immigrant experience in North America."
—Globe and Mail
Winner of the 1994 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award
Winner of the 1993 Governor General’s Award for Drama
About the ContributorsGuillermo Verdecchia
Guillermo Verdecchia is a writer of drama, fiction, and film; a director, dramaturge, actor, and translator whose work has been seen and heard on stages, screens, and radios across the country and around the globe. He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Drama, a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, a recipient of Dora and Jessie Awards, and sundry film festival awards for his film Crucero/Crossroads.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.