HOPE: PART II OF A MEXICAN TRILOGY
By Evelina Fernandez
Directed by Teatro Vista's Artistic Director, Ricardo Gutiérrez & Ensemble Member Cheryl Lynn Bruce
September 21 - October 27, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 7:30PM | Sunday 3:00PM
The Den Theatre
1330 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
Box Office: (773) 697-3830
Teatro Vista’s Midwest premiere of Hope: Part II of A Mexican Trilogy is presented as part of DESTINOS – 3rd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA).
Hope follows the voyage of the Morales family through the turbulent, transformational ‘60s, a time marked by a young new president, the dawn of the sexual revolution and the rock ‘n’ roll explosion. Filled with nostalgic ballads, fantasy sequences and strong doses of humor, Hope pops with keen visuals and poignant storytelling as it offers a glimpse into the life of a Mexican American family in ‘60s America.
Hope will be co-directed by Teatro Vista artistic director Ricardo Gutiérrez and ensemble member Cheryl Lynn Bruce. The cast features Teatro Vista ensemble members Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel (Elena), Eddie Martinez (Charlie), Ayssette Muñoz (Gina) and Tommy Rivera-Vega (Rudy), with Janyce Caraballo (Betty), Andrea Cañizares-Fernandez (Mari), Nick Mayes (Johnny) Victor Maraña (Enrique) and Joaquin Rodarte (Bobby). Designers are Jose Manuel Diaz (set), Sanja Manakowski (costumes) and Joe Burke (lighting and video design). Stage manager is Alden Vasquez. Sylvia Lopez is Managing Director.
Performances are September 21 - October 27, 2019 at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Wicker Park. Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. There is an added preview Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. Press openings are Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $25-$35, go on sale August 5. Visit thedentheatre.com or call The Den Theatre box office, (773) 697-3830, for tickets and information. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
Teatro Vista’s Midwest premiere of Hope: Part II of A Mexican Trilogy is presented as part of DESTINOS – 3rd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, September 19 - October 27, 2019. DESTINOS, produced by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA), is dedicated to showcasing the Latino experience as told by Latino artists from Chicago, the U.S. and Latin America. CLATA is also a supporting sponsor of Hope: Part II of A Mexican Trilogy. Discover more at CLATA.org.
EVELINA FERNANDEZ: PLAYWRIGHT
Evelina Fernández (playwright), born and raised in East L.A., is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor who writes about the U.S. Latinx experience. The first work in her trilogy, Hope: Part II of A Mexican Trilogy, premiered in October 2011 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center to critical acclaim, earning her a Best Playwright Ovation Award nomination. Charity: Part III of A Mexican Trilogy premiered next in May 2012 (Backstage’s Critic’s Pick). Faith: Part I of A Mexican Trilogy followed that October, also to critical acclaim. In fall 2016, the plays were combined for a six-hour epic production, A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Critical praise included “Evelina Fernández’s imposing Latino Theater Company trilogy about a Mexican-American matriarchy forms the coherent Rosetta Stone of what is already a significant theatrical achievement” (Backstage), and “the trilogy understands the deepest changes of heart are best expressed in melody. Fernández must be doing something right, because when her characters break into song, you know exactly how they feel.” Fernández went on to received the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play for A Mexican Trilogy, which was subsequently published by Samuel French.
Fernández is a founding and board member of the Latino Theater Company and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Her other plays Solitude (2009), Dementia (2010) and her holiday pageant play, La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin, have been featured in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Dementia won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Theater Production in L.A. and received four L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominations, including Best World Premiere. Her play Premeditation was nominated for three Ovation Awards including Best Theater Production in 2014. In March 2015, her adaptation of Plautus’s Pot of Gold, LA Olla was staged at the Getty Villa Lab and had a full production at her home base, the LATC. She was part of the CTG Writers Workshop where she began her “Virgin” series with The Mother of Henry. She was a writer for Emmy-nominated East Los High seasons two and three and is developing A Mexican Trilogy for television with Wise Entertainment, producers of East Los High. She has won numerous national and international awards including the Nosotros Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding Writing for her screenplay, Luminarias, at the International Film Festival in Bolivia. She was nominated for the Humanitas Prize in 2005 for an episode of PBS’s Maya and Miguel, “Give me a little sign." She was a proud member of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s transition team in 2005, and was appointed by both Mayor Villaraigosa and Mayor Garcetti as a Commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. She has been honored by the Los Angeles City Council, the Comision Femenil of Los Angeles, the Community Coalition, the Latino Legislative Caucus in Sacramento, the Latina Business Women Association, Playwright’s Arena, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the California State Assembly. She also was the recipient of the Lifetime Television Latino Pioneer Award in Washington, D.C., and the Mujeres Destacadas Award from La Opinion with for her contribution to the arts.
RICARDO GUTIERREZ: CO-DIRECTOR
Teatro Vista Executive Artistic Director Ricardo Gutiérrez (co-director) most recently staged the company’s world premieres of The Abuelas and The Madres. Other Teatro Vista directing credits include The Wolf at the End of the Block, Parachute Men, In The Time of the Butterflies, Between You, Me & The Lampshade, A View From The Bridge, Momma’s Boyz, i put the fear of mexico in ’em and La Mágica Posada. He is co-founder of the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists of Chicago (ALTA), a service organization dedicated to promoting and fostering Latinx theatre artists in Chicago. As an actor, his credits include Destiny of Desire at Goodman Theatre and South Coast Repertory, In The Heights at Paramount and the world premieres of Song For The Disappeared and Fish Men at Goodman. He has also performed at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Denver Center Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens and Lookingglass Theatre. TV credits include Chicago PD, Sirens and Boss. Before joining Teatro Vista, Gutiérrez served as the artistic director of Nosotros in Los Angeles and The Canterbury Theatre in Indiana.
CHERYL LYNN BRUCE: CO-DIRECTOR
Teatro Vista ensemble member Cheryl Lynn Bruce (co-director) most recently directed the company’s smash hit remount of Sandra Delgado’s La Havana Madrid, co-produced with Collaboraction, and before that, Teatro Vista’s world premiere of La Havana Madrid (Best New Play of 2017, Time Out Chicago.) Bruce also served as assistant director of Teatro Vista’s productions of Tamer of Horses and A View From the Bridge. She is one of the 20 women of Chicago arts and culture honored in Kerry James Marshall's mural RUSH MORE, permanently displayed on the west facade of the Chicago Cultural Center in 2017. She won the African American Arts Alliance Black Excellence Award and a 2018 Jeff nomination for directing Congo Square’s Jitney. She has performed on stages across the country and internationally, including recently at Steppenwolf Theatre in Familiar. Bruce 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. She 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 support a five- week 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.
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