Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, assistant professor of Spanish and Humanistic Studies, traveled to Puebla, Mexico in early July as a participant, presenter and moderator at an international conference on theatre. The gathering, the 18th annual Jornadas de Teatro Latinoamericano, honors a different Latin American playwright each year. This year’s honoree was the celebrated Venezuelan dramatist Rodolfo Santana, author of more than a hundred plays and countless film and television scripts and a recipient of the Premio Casa de las Américas literary prize for his work Ángel perdido en la ciudad hostil.
Saxton-Ruiz presented a paper titled “La abuela virgen y los profesores chiflados: Sátira social en las obras de Rodolfo Santana y Juan Rivera Saavedra.” Translation in English: “Of Virginal Grandmothers and Nutty Professors: Social Satire in the Works of Rodolfo Santana and Juan Rivera Saavedra.” A slightly revised version of this paper will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Mexican magazine, Autores: Teoría y Textos de Teatro.
(Photo is of Saxton-Ruiz, on stage at right, moderating a session “Dramaturgy, Dance and Acting Pedagogy.”)