A Shared Truth

The Theater of Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol

A Shared Truth is an outstanding contribution to the study of Mexican theater and performance. Through her meticulous, theoretically rich, thoroughly documented, and contextualized analysis of Lagartija's repertoire, Ward demonstrates how this independent theater group devises plays that combine autobiography, national history, and documentary materials to offer a more truthful truth regarding Mexico's nebulous past and present.
Jacqueline E. Bixler, Virginia Tech

Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (Lizards Lounging in the Sun) is a Mexican theater company that performs what is known as theater of the real.By taking reality as its subject, this genre claims a special relationship to reality, truth, and authenticity. In A Shared Truth, Julie Ann Ward traces the development of this contemporary and cutting-edge collective’s unique aesthetic. Based on performances, play texts, videos, and interviews, this in-depth look at a single theatrical troupe argues that the company’s work represents a larger trend in which Latin American theater positions itself as a source of and repository for truth in the face of unreliable official narratives. A Shared Truth critically examines the work of an influential company whose collaborative methods and engagement with the real challenge the bounds of theater.

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Julie Ann Ward

Julie Ann Ward is assistant professor of Latin American literature at the University of Oklahoma.

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