Casting Announced for Another Word for Beauty, About Prison Beauty Contest, at Goodman Theatre

News   Casting Announced for Another Word for Beauty, About Prison Beauty Contest, at Goodman Theatre Casting has been announced for Jose Rivera's Another Word for Beauty, a show about a prison beauty contest inspired by true events, at Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL. The production runs Jan. 16-Feb. 21, 2016.

The cast will feature Stephanie Andrea Barron as Yolanda, Helen Cespedes as Xiomara, Monique Gabriela Curnen as Marilin/Magnolia, Dan Domingues as Danny/Maurico/Arturo, Danaya Esperanza as Luzmery, Zoe Sophia Garcia as Nora, Marisol Miranda as Carmen/Tatiana, Yun Pardo as Jeimi, Socorro Santiago as Ciliana, Heather Velazquez as Maikelyn/Eva and Carmen Zilles as Isabelle.

Another Word for Beauty features music by Hector Buitrago and is directed by Steve Cosson.

The show is described as such: "Each year the female inmates at a Bogotá, Colombia prison compete in a beauty pageant intended by their jailers to motivate and rehabilitate them. While the pageant’s parade of glamorous gowns, exotic headdresses and rhythmic dances provides a distraction from daily suffering, its real impact on each woman is more than skin deep. Inspired by true events, Another Word for Beauty is a haunting and soulful examination of women trapped within a prison’s walls and the events and circumstances that led to their arrests."

The Chicago Tribune reports that The Goodman has also announced a new staged-reading series that celebrates the work of Latino writers (Feb. 15-29). The Latino Theatre Celebration will run in conjunction with Another Word for Beauty and Robert Bolano's 2666. It will offer free readings and discussions by writers including Rivera, Maria Irene Fornes, Bolano and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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