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Teatro Vista announces 18-19 season: American Jornalero by E. Cardona Jr., S. Walker's The Abuelas, La Havana Madrid returns

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American Jornalero, a Chicago premiere by Ed Cardona Jr. about a group of Latinx immigrant day laborers who are confronted by self-styled America First vigilantes, directed by Nate Santana, is Teatro Vista’s fall opener.

American Jornalero doubles as Teatro Vista’s entry in the Chicago Latino International Theatre Festival, sponsored by the Chicago Latino Theatre Alliance. Performances are October 18-21, 2018 at the Richard Christiansen Theatre at the Victory Gardens Biograph.

With 2019 comes The Abuelas, another world premiere by Stephanie Allison Walker, author of Teatro Vista’s hit production earlier this spring, The Madres. Walker’s newest play, set in Chicago, is a sequel to The Madres, and it peels back the layers, long reach and devastating repercussions of Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976-1983. Teatro Vista Artistic Director Ricardo Gutiérrez will direct. Performances of The Abuelas are February 9 – March 17, 2019 in the Richard Christiansen Theater at the Victory Gardens Biograph.

Teatro Vista’s 2018-19 finale is a revival of the company’s biggest hit ever, La Havana Madrid by Sandra Delgado, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce. Back by popular demand, Delgado’s theatrical, cinematic and musical history of Latino Caribbeans in Chicago recreates a long-gone nightclub that once drew throngs of newly arrived Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian immigrants to Chicago’s north side in the 1960s. Experience the vibrant music and true stories of La Havana Madrid, which debuted in 2017 to sold out runs at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, The Miracle Center and the Goodman’s Owen Theatre. Teatro Vista’s spring remount of La Havana Madrid is a co-production with Collaboraction. Performances are April 4 – May 12, 2019 at a venue TBA.

Tickets to Teatro Vista productions are $20-$50, with discounts for early bird purchasers, students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Single tickets to American Jornalero will be sold via the Chicago Latino International Theatre Festival website, www.clata.org.

Tickets to The Abuelas go on sale January 6, 2019 via the Victory Gardens box office, (773) 871-3000 and online at www.teatrovista.org.

Tickets to La Havana Madrid also go on sale on September 4 at www.collaboraction.org.

More about Teatro Vista’s 2018-19 season

American Jornalero
A Chicago premiere
By Ed Cardona Jr.
Directed by Teatro Vista Ensemble member Nate Santana
October 18-21, 2018
At the Richard Christiansen Theater
at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

In American Jornalero, a group of immigrant day laborers waiting to be picked up for work collide with two citizen vigilantes fashioning themselves on the Minuteman Project.

American Jornalero is a vibrant portrait of the intersecting transient lives in the search for a daily wage in a land of many compromised American dreams. It is a compassionate, clear-eyed and illuminating look at lives and people too often ignored in the U.S landscape.

American Jornalero is Teatro Vista’s entry in the 2018 Chicago Latino International Theatre Festival sponsored by the Chicago Latino Theatre Alliance.

Ed Cardona Jr.’s works include American Jornalero (Ubuntu Theater Project, West Coast Premiere, also selected as a MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition award winner (Intar Theater, NYC Premiere); Maria Se Fue (As Performance Series, NYU|SteinHardt Drama Therapy Program); RIP 60, Z-SPLIT, HOT READ, EAR HOLE ON 3--BREAK (Source Festival, 10-Minute Plays, CulturalDC); Bamboo in Bushwick (Five Boroughs/One City, Working Theater); I like to be here: Jackson Heights Revisited, or, This is a Mango (Theater 167/Theater: Village Festival, E Pluribus); Audrey Bound, Sir Quince, Super Moon - a collection of ten-minute plays (FOCUS Festival of the Arts, St. Andrew’s College); La Ruta (Working Theater, New York Times Critic’s Pick); Leveret’s Lesson (Christmas Plays, St. Andrew’s College); Jackson Heights, 3am (Theater 167); Mongo, performed at the Local 3, I.B.E.W. Diversity Conference in part with membership diversity workshops (Working Theater); Super Moon - a ten-minute play (FOCUS Festival of the Arts, St. Andrew’s College); Bottle Rockets and La Perla (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater); With Love, Gabe (Intar Theatre). Cardona has been an artistic associate with the Working Theater, a collaborator with The Brooklyn Generator and Urban Arts Partnership/The New Group. He has been a resident playwright with St. Andrew’s College, Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Lab at Intar Theatre, The Professional Playwrights Unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, The Hall Farm Center for the Arts & Education in Townsend, VT, and is a member of NY Madness. NoPassport Press, Dramatic Publishing and Smith & Kraus Publishing have published Cardona's work. He received his M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University where he received the John Golden Award for his thesis play, PICK UP POTS.

Nate Santana (director) is a Teatro Vista ensemble member, with credits including White Tie Ball and Mommas Boyz. Other Chicago credits include SS! Romeo and Juliet, SS! Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Last Wife (TimeLine Theatre); The Legend of Georgia McBride (Northlight Theatre); Marvin’s Room (Shattered Globe Theatre); Ironbound (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Balm in Gilead, Golden Boy (Griffin Theatre); The River Bride (Halcyon Theatre); Comrades Mine (City Lit Theater Company); The Rainmaker (BoHo Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (First Folio Theatre); and What Happened When and Slipping (the side project). Television credits include Chicago PD and The Exorcist. Santana is also an artistic associate with Shattered Globe. He has been nominated for two Jeff Awards and is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf. He received his BA from Valparaiso University.

The Abuelas
A world premiere
By Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by Teatro Vista Artistic Director Ricardo Gutierrez
February 9 – March 17, 2019
At the Richard Christiansen Theater
at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Gabriela is an Argentine concert cellist living in Chicago with her American husband and adjusting to life as a new mom. Life is good until a visit from two strangers upends everything. Walker’s play, about the devastating repercussions of Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976-1983, asks how one goes on after discovering their life is a lie. Does the restoration of truth bring freedom or suffering? Is it possible to integrate two identities into one life? The Abuelas explores these questions as well as the heart’s capacity for forgiveness even in the face of the harshest betrayal.

The Abuelas is a sequel to Teatro Vista’s most recent production, the acclaimed world premiere of The Madres, also by Walker. The Madres told the story of three generations of women in 1970s Argentina during the country’s now infamous Guerra Sucio. The Chicago Tribune called The Madres “a very interesting play about a human rights disaster that went on for years and remains criminally under explored in cultural works seen in the United States.” New City named The Madres “one of the best of the year.”

Stephanie Walker (playwright) penned Teatro Vista’s acclaimed debut of The Madres, which received four consecutive productions in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego and Austin as part of a NNPN Rolling World Premiere. The Latin American premiere of the Spanish version of The Madres opens in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in August 2018. Her other full-length plays include The Abuelas, Friends With Guns, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Her work has been produced and/or developed at Teatro Vista, Chicago Dramatists, 16th Street Theater, American Blues Theatre, Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre, The Road Theatre, The Blank Theatre, Skylight Theatre, Little Candle Productions, San Diego Rep, Moxie Theatre Company, Boulder Ensemble Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Awards include: two-time winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, winner of Chicago's American Blues Theater's Blue Ink Award, the 2016 Generations Prize, finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Jane Chambers Award runner-up, two-time finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, and four-time finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. Walker’s short plays are anthologized by Smith & Kraus and have been produced all over the world. 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, Chicago Magazine, Huffington Post Live and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. She is a proud to be a NNPN Affiliate Artist and a member of the Playwrights Union and Antaeus Playwrights Lab. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Bob and their sons, Malcolm (7) and Graham (4.) For more, visit stephaniealisonwalker.com.

Teatro Vista Executive Artistic Director Ricardo Gutiérrez (director) most recently staged the company’s world premiere of Stephanie Walker’s 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.

La Havana Madrid
By Teatro Vista ensemble member Sandra Delgado
Directed by Teatro Vista ensemble member Cheryl Lynn Bruce
April 4 – May 12, 2019
A co-production with Collaboraction
At a venue TBA

Back by popular demand, Teatro Vista’s season finale is the return of La Havana Madrid, a theatrical, cinematic and musical history of Latino Caribbeans in Chicago by ensemble member Sandra Delgado. Fellow ensemble member Cheryl Lynn Bruce directs Delgado’s immersive documentary theater experience, complete with live music, based on the true story of the 1960’s Chicago nightclub, La Havana Madrid.

Inspired by actual stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian immigrants who found refuge there, La Havana Madrid recreates a special time and place by immersing audiences in the lively music of that decade, from mambo to salsa. Throughout, La Havana Madrid also tells how and why Latinos originally migrated to the shores of Lake Michigan, only to be pushed further west – away from the lake – by the forces of gentrification and racism.

The 2017 world premiere of La Havana Madrid deeply resonated with Chicagoans from all different backgrounds and ages, playing to sold out runs at Steppenwolf’s !700 Theatre, The Miracle Center in Hermosa, and an extended summer engagement in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre.

The Chicago Tribune called La Havana Madrid “a heartfelt and fascinating musical tribute…the best selling show in Teatro Vista history.” The play was hailed as one of the best of 2017 by Time Out Chicago (including the audience award for best new work) and New City Chicago. Chicago’s leading Latino newspaper Hoy wrote “La obra tiene la magia de conectar a la comunidad, de revivir recuerdos” (“the work has the magic of connecting to the community, of reliving memories.”)

Sandra Delgado is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer born and raised in Chicago. La Havana Madrid, her first full-length play, developed as part of the Goodman's 2015/2016 Playwrights Unit and produced by Teatro Vista, played to sold-out houses at both Steppenwolf and The Goodman Theatre and received recognition as one of the best plays of 2017 by Time Out Chicago (including the audience award for best new work) and New City Chicago. Recent stage credits include Jocasta in Oedipus El Rey at The Public Theater in association with The Sol Project, 2666 at The Goodman Theatre, Motherf**ker with the Hat at The Steppenwolf Theatre and Mojada at Victory Gardens Theater, for which she earned distinction as one of the Top Ten performances of the year by the Chicago Tribune. Television credits include Chicago PD, Law and Order:SVU, Chicago Justice, Empire, Exorcist, Chicago Fire and Mind Games. She produced Teatro Vista's and Collaboraction's Yo Solo Festival of Latino Solo Shows and Collaboraction's Sketchbook Festival from 2005-2008. She is a founding ensemble member of Collaboraction and an ensemble member of Teatro Vista (Associate Artistic Director from 2006-2008). She is the recipient of the Joyce Award, The Theater Communications Group (TCG) Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, is a two-time Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events grantee, a 3Arts 3AP Project Grantee and received the 2017 Gala Award for Latina Professional of the Year from the Chicago Latino Network. Delgado is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a current member of ALTA's Semillero Playwright's Circle and MC-10 Playwrights Group, and is on the Advisory Committee of the Latinx Theatre Commons, a national advocacy group for Latinx theatre artists. Her new storytelling series, Saints and Sinners, has been seen at Collaboraction and Steppenwolf. She is one of the 20 women of Chicago arts and culture honored in Kerry James Marsall's mural RUSH MORE on the facade of the Chicago Cultural Center. Her new play, Felons and Familias, the inaugural "In the Works" commission for Theatre on the Lake will receive a workshop production as part of TOTL's 2018 season.

Cheryl Lynn Bruce (director) is a Teatro Vista ensemble member. She directed the world premiere of La Havana Madrid, and 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 support 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. She is one of the 20 women of Chicago arts and culture honored in Marshall's mural “Rush More” on the facade of the Chicago Cultural Center.

Teatro Vista’s spring remount of La Havana Madrid, to be staged at a venue TBA, will be a co-production with Collaboraction, Chicago’s theater focused on creating social justice and equality, committed to the power of theater and art to cultivate empathy, knowledge, dialogue and action for the betterment of society. For more, visit www.collaboraction.org.

About Teatro Vista

Teatro Vista produces, develops and commissions plays that explore the wealth and variety of the human experience from a Latinx perspective. The company provides work and professional advancement opportunities for Latinx theatre artists, with special emphasis on the company’s ensemble members, and seeks to enhance the curricular goals of Chicago students through theatre. Teatro Vista was recently celebrated as one of “Chicago’s Cultural Leaders” by the Arts & Business Council of Chicago and received the League of Chicago Theatre’s Artistic Leadership Award.

Teatro Vista’s primary focus is producing new works by Latinx theatre artists and presenting classic plays featuring artists of color. Its artistic vision is shaped by the company’s ensemble members, a group of multi-generational, multi-ethnic and multi- disciplinary artists. They inform Teatro Vista’s artistic aesthetic by devising original works as well as by selecting plays with themes that are engaging and relevant to Chicago’s diverse population.

Teatro Vista was founded in 1990 by Edward Torres and Henry Godinez. As Teatro Vista’s first Artistic Director, Godinez guided the company during the formative years. He helped stage successful productions and establish vital relationships with other theatre companies and artists. When Godinez stepped down, Torres was appointed Artistic Director. Under Torres’ direction, Teatro Vista used the stage to engage, connect and challenge audience members using the company’s mission as his guide.

In 2012, Torres moved to New York and the Board of Directors promoted Associate Artistic Director Ricardo Gutiérrez to the position of Executive Artistic Director. In 2017, Sylvia Hevia joined Teatro Vista as Managing and Development Director. Previously, Hevia was Director of Marketing and Development of the International Latino Cultural Center and had her own multicultural event production company.

In addition to Gutiérrez, Teatro Vista ensemble members include Charín Álvarez, Max Arciniega, Desmín Borges, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Ramón Camín, Ivonne Coll, Laura Dahl, Sandra Delgado, Liza Fernández, Khanisha Foster, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Issac Gomez, Erik Juárez, Jon Lyon, Sandra Márquez, Eddie Martinez, Salome Martinez, Joe Minoso, Ayssette Muñoz, Christina Nieves, Marvin Quijada, Tommy Rivera-Vega, Gabriel Ruíz, Nate Santana, Cecilia Suarez and co-founder Edward Torres.

Teatro Vista’s Board of Directors includes Ezequiel “Zeek” Agosto, President; Rosanna Márquez, Vice President; Joan Pantsios, Secretary; Tom Vega-Byrnes, Treasurer; and Bhuvana Badrinathan, Adela Cepeda, Edgar Delgado, Ricardo Gutiérrez, Sylvia Hevia, Kelly Jones, Kareem C. Mohamednur, Carina Sanchez, Angel Torres and Jose Vasquez.

Teatro Vista is supported by The Joyce Foundation, Alphawood Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events of the City of Chicago, The Shubert Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Bayless Family Foundation and The Saints.

Purple Group is Teatro Vista’s Headline Season Sponsor. Teatro Vista is a Victory Gardens Resident Theater. For more information, visit www.teatrovista.org.