A Door County Debut


Short Plays from Wisconsin and Spain



Edited by Phyllis Zatlin




in cooperation with

Door County Playwrights’ Collective


It's been said that a novel can spend 400 pages describing one event while a short story can illustrate an entire lifetime and I feel the same about the short play format. The plays in this collection are spotlights shining through obscure windows that illuminate  worlds that are experienced immediately and profoundly by an audience. Because of this, these are gold mines for actors and directors to work on. They demand economy and commitment in making choices and executing actions effectively, efficiently, and with clarity. For this reason alone, they are well worth the exploration.

Steve Hunt,  Playwright, Director

The volume includes ten short plays from Spain in strageworthy tanslations and eight plays written in Wisconsin. They are arranged in clusters by theme. A diversitifed selection of authors range from well-established playwrights to relative newcomers.


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University of Southern Indiana
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1.     Homenaje a / Tribute to Martha T. Halsey. Ed. Robert Lima and Phyllis Zatlin. 1995.
ISBN: 0-9631212-9-4. List price: $8.00.

Illustrated. Primarily written in English but some items in Spanish. Contains review essays by Robert Nicholas and Wilma Newberry on Halsey's critical writings about Buero-Vallejo and the Generación realista, Manuel Duque's reminiscences of directing The Inmates of the Convent of Saint Mary Egyptian, two of Halsey's groundbreaking studies on Buero, and an article by Marion P. Holt on staging The Sleep of Reason in the United States.

2. Entre actos: Diálogos sobre teatro español entre siglos. Ed. Martha T. Halsey and Phyllis Zatlin. 1999.
ISBN: 1-888463-07-4. List price: $26.50.

Forty-two essays on contemporary Spanish theatre, eighteen in English, others in Spanish. Includes selected proceedings of international symposium held at Penn State University in 1997 as well as essays and photos of five featured playwrights (Luis Araújo, Josep M. Benet i Jornet, Jerónimo López Mozo, Paloma Pedrero, José María Rodríguez Méndez) and twenty-five production photos

3. Writers to Remember: Memoirs of Friendships in Spain and France. By Phyllis Zatlin.
ISBN: 978-1-888463-22-4
Library of Congress Control No.: 2014917285
ESTRENO Studies 3. 2015. 230pp. $20.00, plus postage and handling.

Illustrated with 70 photographs, most of them in color. Emphasis on playwrights and women writers of narrative in Spain. Includes several authors in France and Cuban authors in exile. Writers featured in individual sections are José Luis Alonso de Santos, Fernando Arrabal, Antonio Buero Vallejo, Ana Diosdado, Pilar Encisco, Cristina Fernández Cubas, Antonio Gala, Eduardo Galán, Eduardo Manet, José Martín Elizondo, Carmen Martín Gaite, Francisco Nieva, Lauro Olmo, Paloma Pedrero, Eduardo Quiles, Elena Quiroga, José María Rodríguez Méndez, Carlos Rojas, Victor Ruiz Iriarte, Jaime Salom, and Carlos Semprun-Maura. In remembering friendships over a period of four decades from the 1970s  to the present, Zatlin relates humorous anecdotes and affirms that her chosen career, that led to being both a writer of scholarly studies and literary translator, proved to be fun. Woven into her memories of these and other authors are numerous references to former students who followed the same career paths.  

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University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
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Co-edition ESTRENO Studies and Ediciones Oblicuas, 2017:

Translated by José Sánchez Compañy

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