The Three Profiles of Violence in Mexico’s Theatre: Immigration, Femicides, and Homophobia

TUE, NOV 15, 2022

World renowned dramatist Hugo Salcedo returns to Boston and to Ford Hall Forum for an evening of reflection on contemporary violence in his home country of Mexico. In The Three Profiles of Violence in Mexico’s Theatre: Immigration, Femicides, and Homophobia, Salcedo will explore how contemporary Mexican dramatists have chosen to represent violence in their plays.

There will be a short dramatic reading of Salcedo’s play Música de balas “Music to the Sound of Bullets” by New York based actor Dylan C. Wack. Winner of the 2011 National Prize for Dramaturgy, Música is a work that speaks to one of the biggest problems facing Mexico - drug trafficking. In this powerful play, Salcedo shows us a small window into the terrifying reality of this drug war and humanizes and rescues the victims from becoming mere statistics. This performance invites the audience, through a poetic and nostalgic tone, to feel and experience the daily life of its characters, who become ghostly figures that roam through indeterminate spaces, exalting the esthetic fragmentation and, in turn, expressing human frailty.

The evening’s moderator is Iani Moreno, associate professor, History, Language, & Global Culture Department, Suffolk University.

+ BIO: Hugo Salcedo

Hugo Salcedo Larios holds a doctorate in Philology from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. He completed a postgraduate degree in “Theory and Criticism of Theater” at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​Spain. Additionally he holds a degree in Intercultural Theology from the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Salcedo is an essayist and playwright who was awarded the prestigious Tirso de Molina International Award from Spain in 1989 for his play El viaje de los cantores “The Troubadours’ Journey”. The play was performed by the National Theater Company of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) and toured through several cities in Mexico and Spain. This play also won the Best Author Award from the Association of Mexican Theater Critics and Chroniclers. He received the ASSITEJ-Spain International Prize for Stage Research for Children and Youth in 2019, for his work Migration in theater for children and youth in Mexico (Madrid, ASSITEJ, 2020). Some of his dramatic pieces have been translated, broadcast on radio, published or performed in English, French, German, Persian, Korean, Czech, Italian and Hungarian.

He received the “Coat of Arms Order” from Guarenas, Venezuela in 2006. In 2012 The University of Tennessee and the Espacio 1900 Cultural Center dedicated the “International Conference on Latin American Theater” solely to his dramaturgy. That same year the Tijuana Cultural Center paid tribute to him, replicating it in 2020. He also received the National Recognition from the Mexican Association of Theater Research (AMIT) in the category of Academic Research, in 2013; and in 2014 as “University Creator” by the same AMIT. In 2015 he obtained the “Theatrical Merit Award” from the Secretary of Culture of the Government of Jalisco; that same year the Institute of Art and Culture of Tijuana (IMAC) recognized him for the 25th anniversary of his play El viaje de los cantores (1990 – 2015), considered as an “emblematic Mexican play”. The University of Guadalajara has launched in his name the biennial Call for the “Hugo Salcedo National Prize for University Dramaturgy” in recognition of his academic and creative career.

He was a member of the National System of Art Creators of the Culture and the Arts of Mexico Fundo. He is currently a member of the National System of Researchers of the National Council for Science and Technology. He is a full-time academic in the Department of Letters of the Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City. This University awarded him the 2018 FICSAC Award for excellence in academic research, a prize that he obtained again in 2020 and 2021.

+ BIO: Iani Moreno Ph.D.

Iani Moreno Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of World Languages & Cultural Studies at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She holds a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kansas.

Her interests include contemporary Latin American theater, Brazilian language, literature, and culture, US-Mexico Border Studies, Spanish and Portuguese language and literature, and contemporary Latin American cinema and music. She teaches courses in Spanish and Portuguese, including The United States-Mexico Periphery: Border Theater in the New Millennium, Art and Social Change in Contemporary Latin America, Hispanic Culture II: Latin America, Business Spanish, and Elementary Spanish and Portuguese.

+ BIO: Dylan C. Wack

Dylan (he/him/his) is a Brooklyn based actor and comedian, originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts.

He is a proud graduate of the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and of the Boston University School of Theatre with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Spanish. Dylan holds a certificate in classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

At Boston University he appeared in Blue/Orange, Parade, Cloud 9, and Seminar. He was a member of Spontaneous Combustion, the resident improv troupe of the BU School of Theatre.

Professional credits include Baltimore (New Repertory Theatre/Boston Center for American Performance), Fiddler on the Roof (New Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), As You Like It (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), and performances with Also Known As Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, Theater in the Open, Arts After Hours, the Longwood Players, and the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University. He has appeared in commercials for Wayfair and Bose. He shares an Elliot Norton Award Nomination with the cast of The Tempest at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company for Outstanding Ensemble (Large Theatre).

In addition to theatre, Dylan is passionate about scuba diving, tango dancing, and Massachusetts politics. He speaks Spanish fluently, having lived and studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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