Film 101: Latin Numbers

Tue, Nov 17, 2020, 7:30 pm
via Zoom
Princeton Garden Theatre
Program in Latino Studies
Lewis Center for the Arts
Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Vesta Fund


This underseen biopic stars Jennifer Lopez in her breakout role as Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a recording artist well known in Mexico and the Latino communities in the U.S. before her murder by the president of her fan club, at the age of 23. Writer-Director Gregory Nava’s engaging script wisely mines his subject’s life for humor and conflict, embracing Selena Quintanilla’s passion for music. Also featuring Edward James Olmos and Constance Marie.

Film 101: Latin Numbers

The Princeton Garden Theatre presents a special 4-part Film 101 seminar with Princeton professor Brian Herrera presented in conjunction with his course “Latinx Musicals on Stage & Screen.” Herrera has selected four films that explore the way in which Latino actors on the 20th-century stage and screen communicated and influenced American ideas about race and ethnicity. Watch the films at your convenience, and then join a moderated conversation on Zoom about these films and the cultural questions they raise.

Registration limited to 50 participants. $20 general admission; free for Princeton Garden Theatre members.

Brian E. Herrera

Brian Eugenio Herrera is, by turns, a writer, teacher and scholar — presently based in New Jersey, but forever rooted in New Mexico. His work, whether academic or artistic, examines the history of gender, sexuality and race within and through U.S. popular performance. He is author of The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report (HowlRound, 2015). His book Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (Michigan, 2015) was awarded the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and received an honorable mention for the John W. Frick Book Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society.