Goodman Theatre Broadens Scope Of Latino Theatre Festival

This spring, Goodman Theatre broadens the scope of its Latino Theatre Festival, an event that has introduced more than 160,000 Chicagoans to prominent Latino theater companies around the globe–from Spain to Mexico to Brazil–for the past decade. Under the direction of Goodman Resident Artistic Associate and Festival Curator Henry Godinez, Latino Fest 2013 will span over an extended time period to run in conjunction with the height of the season. A festival lineup (current as of this release date) including dates, times and ticket prices, follows. Other readings and events will be announced at a later date. The Boeing Company is a Festival Partner. The Joyce Foundation is a Principal Supporter of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives.

“This year, our sixth rendition of Latino Theatre Festival will see the realization of two major goals: to present the Festival at a time of year when more young people and school groups can attend, and to both create and showcase new work with our friends at Teatro Buendía and Albany Park Theater Project,” said Resident Artistic Associate and Festival Curator Henry Godinez.

The Festival, one of the largest in the Midwest dedicated solely to Latino theater, begins with Cuba’s Teatro Buendía production of Pedro Páramo in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (March 22 – March 31, in the Owen Theatre). Pedro Páramo is a magical realist play inspired by the 1955 novel by Juan Rulfo about one man’s unchecked appetite. Next, Edward Torres directs Quiara Alegría Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last (April 13 – May 12, in the Owen Theatre), about two kindred souls searching for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world. The festival culminates with Home/Land from Albany Park Theater Project (June 20 – June 30, in the Owen Theatre), bringing to life the true stories of immigrant families in the land they’ve come to call home.

Tickets to Pedro Páramo and Home/Land go on sale Wednesday, September 5. Tickets to The Happiest Song Plays Last are currently available through subscription (on sale to the general public Friday, February 22). Call 312.443.3800, click GoodmanTheatre.org/LatinoTheatreFest or visit the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. 10Tix are $10 mezzanine tickets for students available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online on the day of performance; 10Tix are not available by telephone. Valid student I.D. must be presented when picking up the tickets. Limit four per student with I.D. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 10 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820.