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.
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.
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This collection is open for research.