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Not the Time to Stay brings to light for the first time the marvellous work of Puerto Rican playwright Víctor Fragoso. Eight plays, edited and translated by Consuelo Martínez-Reyes, portray the socio-cultural issues Fragoso sought to expose: the choice and difficulties of migration, the clash between American and Puerto Rican societies, the oppression suffered by Latinos in the USA, homelessness, and domestic violence, among others. Fragoso played a key role in the New York City theatre scene in the 1970s, and in the overall interrogation of Puerto Rican and Latino identities in the USA. This new generation of Latinos will certainly find, in their rediscovery of Fragoso’s work, a visionary of social themes, literary and theater practices.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Not the Time to Stay
Call My Number
Santaclos in Boriken
Undecided, from Cayey
Don’t Get Nervous
The Latino Era (co-written with Dolores Prida)
First Night Out: the Basic Training of a Bag Lady
About the Editor
Consuelo Martínez Reyes is a Puerto Rican writer, translator, and Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. Her academic work centers on the representation of gender, sexuality, and national sentiments in Hispanic Caribbean cinema and literature. She has translated for the PBS TV program Need to Know, theNational Council of La Raza, and the American Civil Liberties Union. She has recently published her short-story collection, entitled En blanco (La Pereza, 2018).
The publication of Víctor Fernández Fragoso’s work is a major contribution to the field of Latino/a and Puerto Rican literature. Efraín Barradas—University of Florida
In this excellent book, we see outstanding facets of Victor Fragoso’s personality in his contemporary sensibility; with great ability to capture the artistic, philosophical, spiritual and patriotic concerns of his time. I invite you to know more intimately this nearly forgotten Puerto Rican talent. Iván Acosta—playwright and filmmaker