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Sexual and Cultural Politics in Virgilio Piñera’s Theater, Exhibit

A Theatrical Thunderbolt: Cuban Playwright Virgilio Piñera in his Centenary

This exhibition is part of the University of Miami’s homage to the theatrical innovations of Cuban playwright Virgilio Piñera Llera (1912-1979) on the 100th anniversary of his birth.  Credited with having brought modernism to Latin American theatre and for writing the first theatre of the absurd play, Piñera is one of Latin America’s most important playwrights.

The only one of its kind in the United States, the exhibition focuses on Piñera’s theatrical production in Greater Cuba with a special emphasis on the plays staged in the United States. It includes materials held at the Cuban Heritage Collection and in the Cuban Theater Digital Archive such as original typescripts and previously unpublished letters, playbills, photographs, stage and costume designs and other theater ephemera. Highlights of the exhibition are video clips from different productions of Piñera’s plays in Cuba and the United States.

Curated by Dr. Lillian Manzor with the assistance of Ernesto Fundora.

August 30 – September 1st, 2012

Hosted by the Department of

Modern Languages and Literatures

and the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund


Co-sponsored by

The City of Coral Gables, Centro Cultural Español, ABC Charters, Xael Charters, and from the following University of Miami entities: The Cuban Theater Digital Archive, Program in Women and Gender Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Humanities and the Otto G. Richter Library’s Cuban Heritage Collection  

Colloquium Organizers:

Lillian Manzor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Alberto Sarraín, La Má Teodora

Colloquium Assistant:

Ernesto Fundora


Thursday, August 30, 2012

6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception and

Inauguration of

A Theatrical Thunderbolt:

Cuban Playwright Virgilio Piñera in his Centenary

Cuban Heritage Collection

Otto G. Richter Library

1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320


7:00 PM

Public Humanities Keynote Address:


José Quiroga

Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

Emory University