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Acclaimed Hispanic playwright Tanya Saracho, part of the team behind the forthcoming television comedy series “Devious Maids,” is heralding a positive change in the way Latinos are portrayed on the stage and screen.
“I don’t have any facts. It’s a premonition,” she said in an interview with Efe. “I feel something is going to change.”
Even so, there remains an urgent need for more Hispanics as directors and in executive positions in the entertainment industry, Saracho said.
While the protagonists of “Devious Maids,” which will debut next year on the Lifetime cable network, are domestic workers, Saracho said the characters will be complex and culturally rich.
Inspired by the Mexican series “Ellas son la Alegria del Hogar” and by ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” the series will feature actors such as Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez and Roselyn Sanchez.
The Mexican-born Saracho has not abandoned writing for the stage.
She is currently at work on “Song for the Disappeared,” the second play in her Border Trilogy, which draws on the experiences of her father, a Customs and Border Protection officer who works on the Texas-Mexico border.
“The conversations with my parents give me a lot of material. I have to transform the anguish into something,” Saracho said.