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New 'Theater of the world for future generations' anthology about to be released in Mexico

Write Local. Play Global. is a concept coming to life in Mexico, connecting playwrights with performing artists through the Theater of the world for future generations (Teatro del mundo para las nuevas generaciones) anthologies, edited by WLPG member Berta Hiriart and published by Ediciones SM.

The first anthology, aimed at children from 4 to 6 years, has already led to two performances. How high is up?, by the English author Brendan Murray, and Que las hay, las hay, by the Argentinian writer María Inés Falconi, were presented at the National Theatre made by Children Festival, organized by the Coordination of Children's Culture of the National Council for Culture and Arts.

Murray's work, translated by Otto Minera and under the direction of Raul Peretz, was staged by Teatro de los Volcanes (Theatre of the Volcanoes), a group that works with communities in the center of the country. Meanwhile, Falconi's comedy was presented by a group in the state of Tabasco, directed by Celeste Karina Cornelius.

In a few weeks the second anthology will be released, aimed at children aged 7 to 9 years. Besides two Mexican texts, it also contains the play Tokoloshe, by the South African playwright Pieter Scholtz, and Can you whistle, Johanna?, by the Swedish author Ulk Stark, translated by Aracelia Guerrero.

In this way, the anthologies are weaving a network between authors, theatre people, teachers and children around the world. There are plans for two new anthologies in 2012.

For those interested in getting these anthologies in Spanish, each one with two Mexican authors and two playwrights from other regions, please go to the Ediciones SM website at


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