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The Refocus Project: Year Two

The Refocus Project: Year Two

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The Refocus Project aims to transform

the American theatre canon.

The works deemed to be “classic” plays have long been defined too narrowly and by too few. If we’re to have an equitable theatre, we must look to the past and shine a spotlight on the plays and playwrights that were left behind by history, not because of their merits but because of their identities.  

As a theatre company with a legacy of producing revivals, we realize we need to tell a more complete story and ensure we are an active part of the solution, not an ongoing part of the problem.

The second year of The Refocus Project spotlights Latinx playwrights from the 20th and 21st centuries, including René Marqués, Fausto Avendaño, María Irene Fornés, Rosalba Rolón, and Desmar Guevara, in partnership with Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (PRTT). This year’s plays have been selected in partnership with Pregones/PRTT and will be workshopped and performed in a reading series this summer in Roundabout and Pregones/PRTT spaces, featuring on stage and behind-the-scenes artists from both theatres.

We encourage you to get to know these works and join us in redefining them as the American classics they truly are.


By María Irene Fornés
Directed by Rebecca Aparicio

Performed live on June 13, 2022


By René Marqués
Directed by Cristina Angeles

Performed live on June 16, 2022


By Fausto Avendaño
Directed by Galia Backal

Performed live on June 27, 2022


Book, Lyrics, and Directed by Rosalba Rolón
Compositions by Desmar Guevara, James Reese Europe, and Rafael Hernández
Arrangements by Desmar Guevara

Performed live on June 23, 2022

All readings were performed in the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.


A Conversation between Anna Morton and Rosalba Rolón

 Refocus Project Panel Discussion

Moderated by Alexi Chacon, Managing Director of Token Theatre Friends

Panelists: The Refocus Project 2022 Directors


Please contact for further information on these resources.

Leadership support for The Refocus Project is generously provided by the Ford Foundation.

Sponsored by:

Additional funding provided by Eugene and Joann Bissell and the Lillian Lincoln Foundation, and R. Martin Chavez.

The Refocus Project is made possible by the Champions for Inclusive Theatre and Roundabout’s Forward Fund. We acknowledge the generous friends who support our many efforts to increase representation and inclusion in all aspects of theatre: Eugene and Joann Bissell and the Lillian Lincoln Foundation, Elizabeth Armstrong, R. Martin Chavez, Herbert W. Engert Jr. and Timothy Miller, EY, the Ford Foundation, Kenny Leon, Gina Maria Leonetti, Beryl Snyder, and Charles Randolph-Wright.