Raíces: COSER Y CANTAR by Dolores Prida. Four Different Latino Playwrights, Full Casts Of Local Latino Actors Our Stories Shared With. Coser y cantar. Front Cover. Dolores Prida Bibliographic information. QR code for Coser y cantar. Title, Coser y cantar. Latino literature. Author, Dolores Prida. PERFORMANCE: COSER Y CANTAR BY DOLORES PRIDA. Public. · Hosted by Department of World Languages at Queens University of Charlotte. Interested.

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Produced by Adina Back and Felipe Gorostiza. The play begins with the apartment in which “Ella” and “She” live divided into “two ethnic territories, one for each character” Sandoval that represent the two different cultural parts of the consciousness of any bicultural and therefore, hybrid Latina.

Similar Items Related Subjects: You may have already requested this item. The preservation of these tapes was funded by a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. The subtitle of Coser y Cantar, “a One Act Bilingual Fantasy for Two Women”, already hints at its content since the play can be considered as Prida’s fantasy of what would be a possible theatrical representation of being a bicultural and bilingual woman, which is corroborated by Prida herself when asserting that “[it] deals with how to be a bilingual and bicultural woman in Manhattan and keep your sanity” “The Show Does Go on” More precisely, Prida belongs to the first generation of Cuban-Americans who left the island with the feeling of having left everything behind home, family belongings, By airing, not with existential despair but always humorously, some of the main problems any hybrid Latina has to face in everyday life double identity, assimilation, struggle for self-definition, alienation and loneliness among many othersPrida clearly arises as a spokesperson and the conscience of many Latinos living in similar situations to those portrayed in her play.

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Coser y Cantaras Prida herself states, is “about the experience of being Hispanic dolored the United States, about people trying to reconcile two cultures and two languages and two visions of the world into a particular whole However, none of them seem to surrender to the other one, that is, neither of them assimilate to the other one, which clearly indicates that assimilation is not a possible solution in this bicultural ping-pong game.

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Language and Identity in Three Plays by Dolores Prida

As has been proved, the text moves as if it were a ping-pong ball jumping from one part of the stage to another constantly switching language and culture with its corresponding polarizing effect that creates hybridity.

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Throughout the play, the two halves continually bicker, each trying to assume total control trying to impose their views about food, music and moral principles on the other. Accordingly, Coser y Cantar is aimed at awakening, in particular, Latinas and, in general, the Latino community to an understanding of their oppression so as to make them react and throw off a collective lethargy of many years; hence, the playwright’s commitment to her community.


With Coser y Cantar, Prida has successfully captured in theatrical form that unique and complex reality of living on the hyphen neither here nor there but simultaneously in both culturesa situation in which millions of Latinos live. For Prida the most natural and normal state is that dual cohabitation that hybrydityany other possibility would result in incompleteness.

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The Cantad message field is required. Please enter your name. Consequently, both halves come to the realization that it is necessary to stay together in order to survive in the outside world: In Coser y Cantar one of her most acclaimed playsPrida wittily brings to the stage the biculturalism and subsequently, bilingualism in which millions of U.

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