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Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, 1923-2018 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, 1923-2018Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Hispanic Theatre of San Diego (1996-)

Extent: 46.74 Linear Feet

Subjects: Hispanic Theatre of San Diego--Archives, Mexican American artists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Mexican American authors--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Mexican American dramatists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Mexican American theater--California--San Diego--History--Sources, Sierra-Oliva, Jesus--Archives

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, divided into 10 series, documents the history of the Hispanic Theatre of San Diego and the professional career and personal life of its creator, Jesus Sierra-Oliva. The collection includes scores of Sierra-Oliva's musical creations, original artwork, play scripts, photographs, programs, video and cassette tapes of his productions, and correspondence. The primary foci of his creative talents were Walt Whitman and his Leaves of Grass, the Masonic music of Mozart, the soprano Maria Callas, Maximilian and Carlota and the history of Mexico, the poet Garcia Lorca, and Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The records also include personal papers relating to the life and family of theater founder Jesus Sierra-Oliva.

Biographical Note

The Hispanic Theatre of San Diego, recognized for being one of the few entirely bilingual Spanish-English theaters in the world, began its quest for success in 1996 under the direction of the playwright and artist Jesús Sierra-Oliva. The theater has produced plays such as Adios Mama Carlota, Blood on Fire, La Divina, Frida Kahlo: From Hell to Glory, and Los Dioses de Barro, and was officially proclaimed a non-profit theatre company in 2000.

Sierra-Oliva's father José Sierra Gomez, was a Méxican Spaniard, and his mother Magdalena Oliva Aguilar was a Méxican Indian. Sierra-Oliva began writing short stories during his early childhood and at 15, he published his first short story The Black Pearl. He studied painting at the San Carlos Art Academy in México City and drama at the Instituto Nacional de México. Largely self-taught as a composer, Sierra-Oliva never attempted to become a disciple of another composer but relied instead on his own analysis of the works of others.

In 1970 he won an honorary award for his first movie script Green and Gold in a national contest for movie, television, and radio script writing. The same year he moved to the United States where he studied philosophy and humanism at San Mateo College, and the mystical studies of the Order of Rosicrucian in San Jose, California. In 1987, Sierra-Oliva composed his first song entitled "50 Candles for the Golden Gate".

During 15 years Sierra-Oliva focused on arranging music and directing for stage musicals. In 1991 he created his first full-length musical work The Leaves of Grass Cantata. In 1992, Sierra-Oliva completed 50 ink drawings of the opera star Maria Callas which were displayed in the San Mateo Art Gallery where he later was invited to exhibit his creations. The following year he completed 50 paintings of Maria Callas's portraits in oil pastels and watercolors that were exhibited in several San Diego galleries.

The Hispanic Theatre of San Diego, along with its director, has continued to thrive in the performing arts industry.

Subject/Index Terms

Hispanic Theatre of San Diego--Archives
Mexican American artists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Mexican American authors--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Mexican American dramatists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Mexican American theater--California--San Diego--History--Sources
Sierra-Oliva, Jesus--Archives

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: February 2002, 2009-051, 2018-024, 9999-228, 2015-031, 2015-042, 2015-050, 2016-031, 2017-025, 2018-021

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Jesús Sierra-Oliva

Related Materials:

Lowell Davies Papers

Old Globe Theater Collections

San Diego State Department of Theatre

Records of JuleTone Productions

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other Note: Visit the URL below for an online exhibit featuring video selections from several of the dramatic performances produced by Hispanic Theatre of San Diego and directed by playwright and artist Jesus Sierra-Oliva.

Other URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/exhibits/2010/02/hispanictheatre/index.shtml


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records, 2001-2006, 2015-2017],
[Series 2: Biographical],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1971-2017],
[Series 4: Collected Works],
[Series 5: Theatrical Productions and Other Writings],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Artwork],
[Series 8: Audiovisual Material],
[Series 9: Stage Props],
[Series 10: Humanist and Philosphical Writings and Compositions],
[All]

Series 5: Theatrical Productions and Other WritingsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Theater PiecesAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Annointed, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Blood on Fire, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Death in Granada ©, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 8: De Tendres Comarades (French), 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Die Tote Stad, Act I Libretto with text modifications for Tenor and Soprano duet/Paula's Last AriaAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Don Juan Tenorio props, rehersal and schedule sheets, 1998Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Don Juan Tenorio (Spanish), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 2: El Fuego en la Sangre (Spanish), 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: El Hechizo de la Mariposa, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 4: El Primpilin y Don Juan TenorioAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Frida Kahlo, Del Infierno a la Gloria (Spanish), 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Frida Kahlo, From Hell to Glory, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Gods of Hollywood (final draft), 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Gods of Hollywood (first draft, English), 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Gods of Hollywood Original Script (handwritten in English), 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 10: In the Sacred Forest (original with some revising), 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: In the Sacred Forest (revised copy), 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 12: La Pasion del Ungido (Spanish), 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Los Dioses de Barro (Spanish), 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Los Dioses de Hollywood Original Script (handwritten in Spanish), 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Mariana Pineda (Spanish), 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Mariana Pineda props, rehearsal and schedule sheets, 2002Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Marietta's Song by Eric W. Korngold, piano music scoreAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Muerte en Granada, notes and revisionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Opera and Monterrey by Carlos Diaz Du-Pond, 1953-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Refuge for the Young, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Secret of Creation, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sixty Candles for the Golden Gate, scores and lyrics, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Verde y Oro Movie Script (Spanish), 1970Add to your cart.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Redemption" a stage play, 2012 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Revisions for "Los Dioses de Barro" (Spanish), 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Script and corrections for "Frida y Diego en El Infierno", 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Scripts for "Noche con Lorca en Granada" and "Noche con lorca y Las Divas", 2015-2016Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Los Dioses de Barro", 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "The Gods of Hollywood" folder for Hispanic Theatre Festival VIII, 2008Add to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Ven Comigo A Jugar" with revisions, 2006, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Muerte en Granada", 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Muerte en Granada" script with revisions and payroll, 2011Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Production ElementsAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Ainadamar, opera by Osvaldo Golijov CD bookletAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Announcements of Play and Programs for "Gods of Hollywood", 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Blood on Fire Wardrobe and Props List, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Frida Wardrobe and Cast List/Ticket and play moneyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: The Gods of Hollywood, Contract, Props and Wardrobe ListAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Masterclass, by Terrence McNally, critique of obscene language in Callas play, by Jesus Sierra- Oliva, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Rehearsal Ledger, 2001-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Rehearsal Schedule, Wardrobe, Props and Music Sheets for "Gods of Hollywood", 2003Add to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Noche Con Lorca y Las Divas" program, poster drafts. and tickets, 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Muerte en Granda" fliersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Los Dioses de Barro" program drafts, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Books prices for "Frida y Diego en El Infierno" and fliers for "Frida Kahlo: Del Infierno A La Gloria", 2000, 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Flyer drafts for performances, 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Collage advertising Teatro Hispano Classes and Videos, 2016Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Payroll, list of main actors fees, and newspaper announcement of "Los Dioses de Barro" performance in Tijuana, with photographs, 2009Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Research FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Film SummariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Frida Kahlo, 2001-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Gods of Hollywood, 2002-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Somos Magazine, Maria Felix biographical magazine, inspiration for her character in "Gods of Hollywood", January 6, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes on acting methods, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Inventing Race: Casta Painting and Eighteenth-Century Mexico" LACMA exhibition guide, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Information, Maps, and copies of legal documents pertaining to Ramon Navarro's Ranch "El Rosario", 2001, 2010Add to your cart.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Item 3: Aerial shot of Ramon Navarro's El Rosario ranch, 2010Add to your cart.
Item 4: San Diego County Assessoe's Map of Navarro's ranch, with pencilled in notesAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Print of 1960s assessors map of Navarro's ranch with pencilled in notesAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Enlarged photocopy of El Rosario ranch documentAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: NewsAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 20: News Clippings/PressAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Review and Articles from local newspapers for "The Gods of Hollywood", 2003Add to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 14: News Clippings, 2009, 2011, 2012Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records, 2001-2006, 2015-2017],
[Series 2: Biographical],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1971-2017],
[Series 4: Collected Works],
[Series 5: Theatrical Productions and Other Writings],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Artwork],
[Series 8: Audiovisual Material],
[Series 9: Stage Props],
[Series 10: Humanist and Philosphical Writings and Compositions],
[All]


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