Interview with actor/performer Juan (Bolito) Landa

Date: August 19, 1985

Source: S1576 , Container 34 , T85-141

Type: Sound

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  • One reel to reel. Interview with Landa, an actor with Miami's Pro Teatro Cubano which present bufo theater productions (Cuban vaudeville/satirical comedies). Bufo theater was often performed in Havana before Fidel Castro came to power. Juan (Bolito) Landa was an actor who usually played was El Negrito, a trickster figure who worked for Gallego, a Spanish businessman. He discusses the origins of bufo theater; types of bufo characters and audiences; various bufo performers and playwrights; Miami bufo actors and productions. For more of Landa and Pro Teatro Cubano, see S1577, v. 43, S87-1015 - S87-1026. For an interview with other bufo performers, see reel T85-142. The Dade Folk Arts Survey was conducted in 1986 by folklorists Tina Bucuvalas, Nancy Nusz and Laurie Sommers in order to identify folk arts and folk artists for the special folklife area at the 34th Annual Florida Folk Festival. The traditions are mainly Haitian, Jamaican, Mexican, Bahamian, Cuban and Jewish and cover a wide range of skills and art forms.

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