Goodman Theatre offers Latino Theatre Festival

Goodman Theatre in Chicago will present the Third Annual Latino Theatre Festival Aug. 4-20. Expanded in both physical and artistic scope, the festival will utilize both the Albert and Owen theaters.

For two weeks, theater-goers can feast their eyes and ears on four unforgettably lush and sensuous international productions, complemented by two unique artists from New York and Los Angeles, and three of Chicago’s most established local Latino theater companies.

Festival schedule is as follows:

Aug. 7: Yerma, 7 p.m. at Owen Theatre, performed by Aguijon Theatre Company, Chicago. Maternal desire drives a barren woman to desperation in this exciting performance featuring a unique collaboration with Chicago’s own award-winning Spanish language theater, Aguijon, and local Latino dance company, Luna Negra. The play is performed in Spanish. Cost is $10-$15.

Aug. 9-13: Las Mil y Una Noches, 7:30 or 8 p.m., at Albert Theatre, performed by Comediants of Spain. Set in a demolished Baghdad library, this sensual and provocative work uses stores from The Arabian Nights combined with fantasy, movement and music to create a unique theatrical piece that exposes the atrocities of destruction and fanaticism. Performed in Spanish with some English translations. Cost is $15-$25.

Aug. 11-12: Blue Sweat, 8 p.m., at Owen Theatre, performed by Universes of New York. Fusing poetry, theater, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros, Blue Sweat is an affecting portrait of the traditions and personal experiences artists bring to their work. Performed in English. Cost is $10-$20.

Aug. 16-18: Ga-Ga, 7:30 or 8 p.m., at Owen Theatre, performed by Compania Marta Carrasco of Spain. Ga-ga is set in the world of a traveling circus, where private lives are on public display, and everything is possible. Non-language specific. Cost is $15-$25.

Aug. 19-20: Aiguardent, 7:30 or 8 p.m., at Owen Theatre, performed by Marta Carrasco, Spain, in final performances. Marta Carrasco returns to give the swan song performance of her critically acclaimed and enchantingly seductive solo work, Aiguardent. Vibrant lighting, intense theatricality and rigorous intellect come together to create a powerful and unforgettable experience. Non-language specific. Cost is $15-$25.

Aug. 18-20: Bichos do Brasil, five performances by Pia Fraus of Brazil, at Albert Theatre, $15 for adults, free for children younger than 12. Inspired by popular myths, Bichos do Brasil explores the wealth of the Brazilian environment by creating an enchanted forest filled with song, dance, masks, circus arts—and more than 50 puppets! A delight for children and adults alike. Non-language specific. Go to for performance times.

New play readings

Goodman will present four new play readings and performances by some of our country’s leading Latino playwrights, Aug. 4-6. Schedule is as follows:

Aug. 4-5: The Book of Titus and Other Latino Bible Stories, written and performed by Luis Alfaro, directed by Chay Yew. 8 p.m. Cost is $10 and $15.

Aug. 5: El Grito del Bronx, by Migdalia Cruz, directed by Lisa Portes. 2 p.m. In association with Teatro Vista. FREE.

Aug. 5: Dark Play, or Stories for Boys, written and directed by Carlos Murrillo. 5 p.m. FREE.

Aug. 6: Quita Mitos, by Tanya Saracho, directed by Coya Paz. 2 p.m. In association with Teatro Luna. FREE.

All new play readings will be in English. Tickets available by phone or box office only.

The Stage Door Series will also present The Crossing by Hugo Salcedo, directed by Henry Godinez, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 6. FREE.

Tickets are on sale. Festival passes are available starting at $55. Passes include 1001 Nights, Blue Sweat, Bichos Do Brasil, Ga-Ga and Aiguardent. Call (312) 443-3800 or visit Tickets for free events must be reserved by phone or in person.

From the Aug. 2-8, 2006, issue

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