By Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by Teatro Vista's Artistic Director, Ricardo Gutiérrez
Photo by Daniel García

Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens (The Biograph)
2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
April 21 through May 27, 2018

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 in the world premiere, The Madres.

She 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. With support from NNPN, The Madres will receive four consecutive productions in 2018, kicking off in Los Angeles with Skylight Theatre Company, then Chicago at Teatro Vista, followed by San Diego at Moxie Theatre and Austin with Shrewd Productions. NNPN’s Rolling World Premiere program supports three or more theaters that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period, allowing the playwright to develop a new work with multiple creative teams in multiple communities. The playwright is part of the process, working on the script and making adjustments based on what is learned from each production. For more information, visit

This play manages to be hilarious and terrifying at the same moment so your heart is always in your throat. The way Walker showcases women’s use of humor as a strategy of resistance is brilliant. The way she demonstrates that with tyranny the most terrifying threats often come from within our own communities and social networks is urgently timely. This play needs to be seen by audiences right now.
— Hallie Palladino, Playwright – October 6, 2017
The Madres grips you and doesn’t let go. It’s an intensely emotional play that also happens to be political. This play crackles with tension in the best possible way. An incredible piece of writing that’s getting lots of love, deservedly so.

— Eric Reyes Loo - January 9, 2016
We were so delighted to work on this play with Stephanie as the winner of our Generations new play competition. The play tackles an often overlooked corner of history with grace, grit, and honesty. Most recently, it was a finalist at the NNPN Showcase and was very well received. I believe it has a strong future for full production.

— Stephen Weitz – January 12, 2017







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