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By TANYA SARACHO    Directed by CHRISTIE VELA
Dec 6, 2017–Jan 7, 2018   Wyly Studio Theatre

Coming this December to the Wyly Studio Theatre, Fade tells the story of a young Latina novelist who moves out to Hollywood to write for television. However, she finds herself feeling more connected to the office janitor than to any of her fellow writers. Written by Tanya Saracho, herself a television writer (HBO’s Girls and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder), Fade explores what it means to be a Latina in a predominantly white industry. 

 

The reality of Hollywood’s representation problem is difficult to overstate. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the Writers’ Guild of America, Latinos make up only 2.8% of writers staffed on television shows. A second study, conducted in 2016 by the Annenberg School, found that Latinos “are among the least represented speaking roles in film and TV, even though they make up about 17.4 percent of the U.S. population. Out of more than 11,000 speaking characters surveyed in film and TV, 5.8 percent were Hispanic or Latino.”


 

Prominent Latino Artists, Activists, and Writers on Latino Representation in Hollywood: 

 

“It all depends on who is in the writer’s room because they control the words and images the actors produce. When you don’t have diverse writers, you won’t have three-dimensional minority characters… One of the reasons Latinos can be marginalized politically is we are so marginalized in portrayals in television and film. There’s no excuse for not courting and hiring Latino actors. There’s no excuse at all. There’s plenty of talent out there.”

–Felix Sánchez, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

 

“When I read the scripts, I felt as a Latina-American that I was always sort of torn between identities as an American, someone who adapted and was pushed to adapt to American culture but also I had roots engrained in a culture that was at home.” 

–America Ferrera, actress

 

“There’s no tradition of respecting anything Mexican in Hollywood. Visual apartheid is a beautiful way to put it. There’s a whole tradition in Hollywood of rendering us invisible.”

–William Nericcio, author of Tex[t]-Mex

 

“I love being able to represent both cultures. I was lucky enough to be born with both. I eat hamburgers and hot dogs, I eat arroz con gandules. My grandmother speaks Spanish, my professors speak English. It’s this extra delicious gift that I have."

–Gina Rodriguez, actress 

 

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