Goodman Theatre Presenting "Celebration of Latina|o Artists"
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Goodman Theatre, in collaboration with off-Loop theaters, DePaul University and Northwestern University, are presenting an eight-week “Celebration of Latina|o Artists,” centered around its first two productions of 2016, both of which are world premieres—Another Word For Beauty by José Rivera (currently running) and Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, adapted and directed by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley (starts February 6). Curated by Henry Godinez, Goodman Theatre resident artistic associate and 2666 cast member, the celebration highlights the careers and influence of noted writers Bolaño, María Irene Fornés and Rivera and includes a slate of readings, discussions and more—many of which are free of charge.
Highlights of “A Celebration of Latina|o Artists” include Poetry by Roberto Bolaño, Gabriel García Márquez and Eduardo Galeano at The Poetry Foundation of Chicago; Readings and panel discussions of works by José Rivera and María Irene Fornés at venues including Urban Theater Company, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and The Hypocrites Theater Chicago (The Den); “Pageants and Prisons,” a discussion presented by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs about the surprising use of beauty pageants for inmate rehabilitation; and a one-night-only reading of Issac Gomez’s play, La Ruta—a new work inspired by the unsolved murders of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico—at The National Museum of Mexican Art. Additionally, clips from Lourdes Portillo's award-winning documentary, Señorita Extraviada, will be shown.
Celebration events began January 16 and continue through March 13. For ticket reservations and information, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/LCelebration. Tickets for Another Word for Beauty and 2666 are available at GoodmanTheatre.org, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn).
José Rivera, whose work Another Word For Beauty is running at Goodman Theatre, is one of several Latina|o artists profiled in the Goodman Theatre "Celebration of Latina|o Artists" festival this winter (photo by Liz Hafalia).