OCTOBER 3 - NOVEMBER 8, 2015
RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN THEATRE AT THE BIOGRAPH

MY MAÑANA COMES (CHICAGO PREMIERE)

Written by Elizabeth Irwin
Directed by Teatro Vista Ensemble Member, Sandra Márquez
Featuring Dennis García, Cameron Knight, Victor Maraña, and Johnathan Nieves. 

My Mañana Comes is a fun and high-energy production that exposes the travails of immigrant workers and how their quest for the American dream often clashes with our society’s views on immigration. With the kitchen of an elegant New York restaurant as its background, this play is a snapshot of the lives of four busboys from different social backgrounds that cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind while juggling delicate entrees, serving fussy customers, facing an opportunistic manager, and dealing with each other.

Elizabeth Irwin’s involving, thoughtful 'My Mañana Comes,'…is character study with a political edge — honed nearly as sharp as the men’s paring knives. -New York Times

Irwin writes fast, funny, lived-in dialogue. -Time Out NY

Irwin takes a boning knife to the stereotyped class of Mexican busboys... a surprisingly complex taste of the American Dream. -Theatermania


MARCH 10 - APRIL 10, 2016
Storefront Theater, Randolph Street

WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS? (WORLD PREMIERE)

Written and performed by Brian Quijada / Directed by Chay Yew

A rambunctious one-man show pulsing with Latin rhythms, rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and live looping. During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask, "Where did we sit on the bus?" and his teacher can't answer the question. This thrilling autobiographical production examines what it means to be Latino through the eyes of a child, turned teenager, turned adult. Quijada, a native Chicagoan, and the son of Salvadorian parents, tries to figure out where he fits in. He grew up in a contrasting melting pot watching Michael Jackson’s moves on TV while the smell of pupusas filled the air, and at school, he mingled with friends from different cultural and racial backgrounds. With nonstop laughter, “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” attempts to answer the question, “Where do I fit in as a Latino millennial growing up in America?”


APRIL 16 - MAY 22, 2016
RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN THEATRE AT THE BIOGRAPH

IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES (CHICAGO PREMIERE)

A play by Caridad Svich based on Julia Álvarez's best-selling novel.

Based on Julia Álvarez’s popular novel, In The Time of the Butterflies, is a fictionalized account of the story of the courageous Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic. The sisters inspired resistance cells throughout the country against the dictatorial regime of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. The ‘butterflies’, their secret code name, were brutally murdered by the regime in 1960. With immersive video and animation dispersed across the stage, the piece paints a visual dreamscape of the interior lives of the activist sisters, the beauty and ferocity of the natural world, and the music heard on the radio of the time.

Caridad Svich has made my book spring to life on stage. -Julia Álvarez

Effective in reminding us that, in past eras too, despots only seemed invincible. -Backstage

An artistic success, a major dramatic accomplishment that turns the theatrical version into the natural and inevitable complement to the novel. -Hispanic New York

'In the Time of the Butterflies' is absorbing and gorgeous theatre. -New York Theatre.com

25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON HEADLINE SPONSOR