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This list of plays is not at all exhaustive, but instead includes some highlights from our research on plays by Latinx writers from the 20th century. This list includes plays in English and plays in Spanish.


  • Un Cubiche en la Luna, Ivan Mariano Acosta
  • Recojan las Serpentinas que se Acabo el Carnaval, Ivan Mariana Acosta
  • Thin Air: Tales from a Revolution, Lynne Alvarez
  • Influences of Modern Ideas, Luisa Capetillo
  • No todos lo tienen, Myrna Casas
  • Two Sisters and a Piano, Nilo Cruz
  • Los hipócritas, Franca de Armiño
  • Simpson Street, Edward Gallardo
  • The Danube, María Irene Fornés
  • Mud, María Irene Fornés
  • The Summer in Gossensass, María Irene Fornés
  • La Llorona, Jorge Huerta
  • Real Women Have Curves, Josefina López
  • A Burning Beach, Eduardo Machado
  • Watsonville: Some Place Not Here, Cherríe Moraga
  • Johnny Tenorio, Carlos Morton
  • The Savior, Carlos Morton
  • The Livingroom, Pedro Pietri
  • The Guntower, Miguel Piñero
  • Short Eyes, Miguel Piñero
  • Puente Negro, Estela Portillo-Trambley
  • Beautiful señoritas, Dolores Prida
  • Coser y cantar, Dolores Prida
  • Chilean Holiday, Guillermo Reyes
  • Crossing, Hugo Salcedo (trans. Raul Moncada)
  • Latina, Milcha Sanchez-Scott
  • Roosters, Milcha Sanchez-Scott
  • The Lady from Havana, Luis Santeiro
  • Denise Stoklos in Mary Stuart, Denise Stoklos (trans. Denise Stoklos and Marlène Ramirez-Cancio)
  • The Oxcart, Caridad Svich*
  • Zoot Suit, Luis Valdez

*This is a different version of René Marqués’s The Oxcart than the one in The Refocus Project Reading Series, adapted and translated by playwright Caridad Svich.


There are many other people, theaters, organizations, and collectives who are contributing to efforts to uplift Latinx playwrights and reimagine the canon. We recommend that you check out their resources to learn about even more excellent plays and their writers.

Alternative Canon to 1945: Non-Western plays, plays by Black, Indigenous, people of color, by women and by queer writers from before 1945. 

CENTRO Library and Archives: A treasured place where researchers, academics, teachers, students, genealogists, filmmakers, and the community at large find primary (historical documents) and secondary sources about the history and culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora. 

Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre’s Expand the Canon 

Latinx Theatre Commons: A national movement that uses a commons-based approach to transform the narrative of the American theatre, to amplify the visibility of Latinx performance making, and to champion equity through advocacy, art making, convening, and scholarship. 

INTAR Theatre’s History 

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s Mission and History, which encompasses the stories of two great organizations: Pregones and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, who merged in 2014. 

Repertorio Español’s History and History of Plays