The second annual festival — to perform in the Owen Theatre space — will highlight performances by Spain's Fábrica de Teatro Imaginario (Imaginary Theatre Factory), California's Culture Clash and Chicago's Aguijón Theatre Company, as well as Luis Alfaro's one-man show, No Holds Barrio. A concert reading of the new musical Let the Eagle Fly, based on the life of activist Cesar Chavez, will also play.
Goodman's production of Luis Alfaro's Electricidad will serve as the centerpiece of the Latino Theater Festival. The work, staged by Henry Godinez, will be presented June 19-July 25 in the Albert. Electricidad, as its subtitle asserts, is "A Chicano take on Sophocles' Electra." The work is reset "in the middle of the desert, in a desolate South Side barrio," according to a release.
The Goodman Latino Theater Festival lineup is as follows (presented in English, except where noted):
Drawn from interviews with people across the country, the work paints a picture of "cultures in flux" through comedy interspersed with acted monologues.
A new musical drama — featuring a book by John Reeger and a score by Julie Shannon — that tells the story of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.
A one-man show written and performed by Luis Alfaro delves into his California history to answer the question "What does it mean to be a bi-cultural baby?"
Marcela Muñoz directs the Federico García Lorca classic presented by the Aguijón Theater Company.
Yuri Sam (July 22-24, presented in Spanish)
Spain's Fábrica de Teatro Imaginario makes its North American debut as they perform in this tale of a man who died of a broken heart but lives on in limbo to share his lesson with the living. Tickets for the Goodman Latino Theater Festival at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago, IL can be purchased by calling (312) 443-3800. For more information, go online to www.goodmantheatre.org.