Sandra Cisneros

Siggi Ragnar

The Classic Theatre had a hit last year with a Sandra Cisneros-originated work, and now it’s coming back.

Thursday Sandra Cisneros received the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor given for achievement in the arts. Cisneros said she accepted the medal to honor her family and all other hard working Mexican Americans.

Sandra Cisneros said she briefly thought about turning down the trip to Washington D.C. to accept the National Medal of the Arts.

“At first I wasn’t sure if I should go. I just started a new book and I wanted to be home writing, ” she said.

A San Antonio author's major work gets a theatrical interpretation. The Classic Theater's adaptation of Sandra Cisneros's House on Mango Street opens on Friday night.

"It's a really beautiful story about a young girl who's growing up. My character is older Esperanza and I get to watch the memories unfold in front of me as I'm telling the story. And I get to see the younger Esperanza experience these moments with people and the places that she lived."


Gypsy Pantoja says the cast has nailed the spirit of the novel.  


Sandra Cisneros,  this reluctant icon of the literary arts left San Antonio after over 20 years of calling this city her home. She found a new sanctuary in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a community known for its enclave of artists from around the world. Sandra returns to San Antonio this month for a series of readings at Gemini Ink. She's been back to the city many times, but this will mark her literary homecoming. Yvette Benavides spoke to Sandra Cisneros from her new home in Mexico.

Houses have figured prominently in the writing career of Sandra Cisneros. Her first book and breakthrough publication was the 1984 “House on Mango Street.” The coming of age novel put Cisneros on the map of American writers but Cisneros herself was still looking for her place on the map of the world.