Film 101: Latin Numbers

Tue, Oct 27, 2020, 7:30 pm
Location: 
via Zoom
Speaker(s): 
Sponsor(s): 
Princeton Garden Theatre
Program in Latino Studies
Lewis Center for the Arts
Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Vesta Fund

Zoot Suit

Adapted from the Broadway play, Zoot Suit is a fabulous musical from playwright-turned-filmmaker Luis Valdez. Based on a 1940s Los Angeles murder trial, the film follows the case of members of a Mexican-American gang as they are tried and sentenced to San Quentin for a murder they may not have committed. Actors Daniel Valdez and Edward James Olmos reprise their stage roles in this fascinating exploration of heritage and prejudice.

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.