JULY 21 - AUGUST 20, 2017
170 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60601

A Teatro Vista Commission
Joyce Award Winning Project

Written by Ensemble Member Sandra Delgado
Directed by Ensemble Member Cheryl Lynn Bruce

La Havana Madrid is an immersive documentary theatre experience inspired by the Latino Caribbean nightclub that once existed on the corner of Belmont and Sheffield. Audiences will be transported back to 1960s Chicago and experience the stories of the clubs patrons and musicians complete with a live band chronicling the history of Caribbean Latino music through the decade from mambo to the birth of salsa. Playwright Sandra Delgado and Teatro Vista were granted the prestigious Joyce Award to support the development of La Havana Madrid.

Sandra Delgado (playwright) is a Colombian-American actor, writer, and producer. Chicago acting credits include 2666The Upstairs Concierge, Pedro Páramo (co-production with Cuba’s Teatro Buendía), Chicago Boys, Mariela in the Desert, Electricidad, Zoot Suit, A Christmas Carol, El Nogalar, and Massacre (Sing to Your Children) at The Goodman Theatre; The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The House on Mango Street, Sonia Flew, Words on Fire and Whispering City at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Mojada and Anna in the Tropics at Victory Gardens Theater; Dreamlandia, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and Two Sisters and a Piano (co-production with Apple Tree Theatre) with Teatro Vista; Guinea Pig Solo, Refuge and Casanova with Collaboraction; Summertime at Lookingglass Theatre Company; Undone at About Face Theatre and Esperanza Rising and If All the World Were Paper with Chicago Children’s Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include points of departure at INTAR Theatre. Regionally, she has appeared in Ground and Wit at Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Winter’s Tale at Missouri Repertory Theatre. TV credits include Empire, Chicago Fire, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Betrayal, Mind Games and the TV movie POWERS. Delgado is an ensemble member of Collaboraction and Teatro Vista and serves on the National Steering Committee for the Latina/o Theatre Commons, an advocacy group for Latino theater artists. She is a TCG Young Leader of Color Alum, a Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events grantee and a 3Arts 3AP Project Grantee. She was the TCG Fox Actor Fellow in residence at the Goodman Theatre (2011-12) and was a member of their Playwright's Unit for the 2015-2016 season. sandradelgado.net

Cheryl Lynn Bruce (director) is a Teatro Vista ensemble member. She served as Assistant Director of the company’s productions of Tamer of Horses and A View From the Bridge. She has performed on stages across the country as well as in Europe and Mexico, and created the role of Elizabeth Sandry for Steppenwolf’s Tony Award-winning production of The Grapes of Wrath, adapted and directed by Frank Galati for Broadway’s Cort Theatre, Britain’s National Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. Bruce also workshopped and premiered in RACE, Lookingglass Theatre’s inaugural production directed by David Schwimmer and Joy Gregory. Bruce received a 3Arts Award (2010), a 3Arts fellowship to supported a five-weeklong Rauschenberg residency (2015), a Jane Addams Hull House Association’s Woman of Valor Award (2010) and a Yale Research Residency (2011). She was awarded the 2002 African American Arts Alliance Black Excellence Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award for Outstanding Direction of Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s From The Mississippi Delta at Congo Square Theater. Other directing credits include Resurrection by Daniel Beaty and Drip by Gloria Bond Clunie at eta Creative Arts Foundation, Milkweed: A Solo Play by Misty De Berry for Columbia College at Links Hall and Northwestern University, Spunk by Zora Neale Hurston at University of Illinois at Chicago and Congo Square Theater, Cage Rhythm by Kia Korthron for University of Illinois at Chicago and Theatre School at DePaul University, and Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons for Indiana University Northwest. In 2006 she was an Inaugural Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College. In 2007 Bruce traveled to Japan to study Bunraku puppetry for her staging of Rythm Mastr, Kerry James Marshall’s urban comic which premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts.




OCTOBER 26 - 29, 2017
Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA)     
1st Chicago International Latino Theater Festival




Written by Tanya Saracho
Directed by Ensemble Member Sandra Marquez
Featuring Ensemble Member Eddie Martinez

In this witty behind-the-scenes drama, Mexican-born Lucia is hired to write for a ruthless Hollywood TV series. She soon discovers that the Mexican American custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences. Fade, directed by Sandra Marquez, is an acclaimed new play from Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, Girls) whose writing “lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama” (Chicago Tribune). 



TANYA SARACHO (PLAYWRIGHT) was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright and Television writer who’s worked on How To Get Away With Murder, HBO’s Looking, Girls, and Devious Maids.
Named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine in 2010, Saracho has had plays produced at: Primary Stages in NYC, 2nd Stage in NYC, Denver Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino “Luminarios” by Café magazine and given the first “Revolucionario” Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. She is the founder of Teatro Luna (the first all-Latina Theatre Company in the nation) as well as the founder of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists). She is currently in development STARZ and Big Beach Films and under commission with:  South Coast Repertory Theatre and Two Rivers Theatre. Tanya is proud SAG/AFTRA actor.



SANDRA MARQUEZ (DIRECTOR) is an educator, actor and director who has worked at many theaters in Chicago and beyond including The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Victory Gardens, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Madison Repertory, Second Stage Theater in New York and the Getty Villa in CA. She is a longtime and proud member of Teatro Vista where she received a Jeff Award for her performance in A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller, and in 2016 she was thrilled to join the esteemed Steppenwolf Theater Company ensemble. Her film and TV credits include Chicago Med, Chicago Justice and Boss. She enjoys teaching and mentoring young people at Northwestern University where she is on the acting faculty.

APRIL 21 - MAY 27, 2018


Written by Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by Executive Artistic Director Ricardo Gutierrez

Award-winning Latinx film, TV and stage star Ivonne Coll, who plays matriarch Alba Villanueva on TV’s Jane The Virgin, will lead the cast of the company’s Spring world premiere, The Madres. Ivonne will be joined by a stellar cast featuring Lorena Diaz-Dwyer, Ensemble member Ramon Camín, Felipe Carrasco and Ilse Zacharias.


It's 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street. The genocide waged by the military Junta against its own people is in full-swing. Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a priest who is now the chaplain to the military at ESMA (one of the known concentration camps) and then by a soldier from the neighborhood who is also stationed at ESMA, they come up with a plan to try to see Belén one last time. Will it work? Will they be able to save her baby? Will they be able to save themselves. 


Teatro Vista’s production of The Madres is presented with support from the National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere initiative.

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STEPHANIE ALISON WALKER (PLAYWRIGHT) is a Chicago-raised and L.A.-based award-winning playwright. Her plays include The Madres, The Abuelas, Friends with Guns, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at Moving Arts, San Diego Rep, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, The Blank Theatre, American Blues Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Awards include: Finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Prize 2015, Primus Prize Finalist 2016, finalist 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, Blue Ink Award, Winner BETC Generations Prize, Jane Chambers Award Runner-Up, finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Four-time Finalist for the Heideman Award. Stephanie’s short plays are anthologized by Smith & Kraus. Her play about the Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina, The Madres, was one of six plays presented at the 2016 NNPN New Play Showcase in December. Stephanie is also the author of the book and blog, LOVE IN THE TIME OF FORECLOSURE which has been called “A heartbreaking work of staggering acceptance” and was featured by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Business Week Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Huffington Post Live and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Stephanie is a proud member of the Playwrights Union, Antaeus Playwrights Lab, Chicago Dramatists Network Playwrights and The Dramatists Guild of America.


RICARDO GUTIERREZ's (DIRECTOR) directing credits include Parachute Men, The Wolf at the End of the Block, Between You, Me and The Lampshade, A View From The Bridge, Momma’s Boyz, i put the fear of mexico in’em, and La Magica Posada. Gutierrez served as the artistic director of Nosotros in Los Angeles and The Canterbury Theatre in Indiana. He is the co-founder of the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists Chicago (ALTAchicago) a service organization dedicated to promoting and fostering Latino/a theatre artists in Chicago. As an actor, Gutierrez appeared in Destiny of Desire and Ah Wilderness! at The Goodman Theatre and at South Coast Repertory, In The Heights at The Paramount and in the world premieres of Song For The Disappeared and Fish Men at The Goodman. Gutierrez has appeared on stage at the Actors Theatre in Louisville, The Denver Center Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens and Lookingglass Theatre. Recent television credits include Chicago PD, Sirens and Boss.