Likening Latinx theater to many octopuses with many legs, Chantal Rodriguez reflects on the 2017 Encuentro de las Américas Festival, hosted in Los Angeles by the Latino Theater Company, which included the first international convening of the Latinx Theatre Commons. Rodriguez describes current and emerging trends in Latinx theater across the Americas as expressed over the course of two panel discussions and among small-group participants. Recounting how these geographically diverse conveners responded to questions concerning Latinx aesthetics, political activism, funding, festivals, and inclusion, Rodriguez unpacks the festival’s predominant question: “What can we do together that we can’t do alone?”

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