A Message from the Host of Latin American Theatre
I have been translating drama and fiction from Latin America for the past two decades. Currently a Professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, I hold degrees in Spanish Language and Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A. 1971, M.A. 1978, Ph.D. 1982).
Productions of my translations have been staged throughout the United States and in the UK, with printed versions appearing in book form and in such publications as Modern International Drama, Review: Latin American Literature and Art, and Latin American Literary Review. (See below for featured credits.)
I have dedicated myself to making contemporary works of Latin American theatre available to the English-speaking public, and I consider myself very fortunate that some of the foremost authors from this part of the world are among those whose plays and novels I have translated.
I believe Ranier Schulte expresses my belief very well, that “the art of translation as a creative and artistic process, rather than a purely mechanical one,” involving extensive research in addition to “searching for the characters' `voices,' and `melting' them down, and restructuring them through a creative and artistic process so they may be understood and appreciated by someone in a different culture.”
In so doing, I believe I have managed to retain the flavor and intent of the original works on this website. I feel it is this devotion to detail and cadence which has made my English-language versions of the major Latin American works accessible to the English speaking public.
-- Prof. Charles Philip Thomas
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Books from Prof. Charles Philip Thomas:
Thomas, Charles Philip, trans. Avatar: Passion Drama About the Unknown Years in the Life of Yeshua of Nazareth. San Juan, PR: Gallo Galante, 1999.
---. She Returned One Night (Volvío una noche) and Other Plays by Eduardo Rovner (Edición Bilingüe. Aventine P, 2003.
---. The Empire Trilogy: Three Plays of the Spanish American War of 1898. San Juan, PR: Ediciones Gallo Galante, 2003.
Thomas, Charles Philip, comp. and trans. Frida, Sor Juana, and Sisters: Women in Latin American Plays in Translation: Plays from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and Chile. Chula Vista, CA: Aventine P, 2003.
---Latin American Theatre in Translation: An Anthology of Works from Mexico, the Caribbean and the Southern Cone: Plays. United States: Xlibris Corp., 2000.
Thomas, Charles Philip, ed. and trans. The Theatre of Marco Antonio de la Parra: Translations and Commentary. New York: P. Lang, 1995.
Thomas, Charles Philip, trans., Carol Bedwell and Kathy Heinen, eds. The Praying Mantis and Other Plays. Oshkosh, WI: GMW Pub., 1986.