Monday, September 12, 2016

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For two nights this fall, Steppenwolf’s 1700 theatre is transformed into Tumbao, a local family bar and the best place for a salsa night, baptism, seance or wedding reception. Unbeknownst to the owners, the ally cats have decided to make the Tumbao family the basis for a radionovela, broadcast from the bar itself. By transmitting to the rest of the world what happens within Tumbao’s walls, they hope to share the infectious energy of the family to keep the community thriving through its desperate fight against gentrification.

TUMBAO by Jo Cattell, Lorena Diaz and Wendy Mateo
Monday October 3 and Monday October 10 at 8pm



DON CHIPOTLE by Juan Francisco Villa, directed by Jo Cattell
presented by terraNOVA Collective and the Playground Theater in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Featuring: Lorena Diaz, Wendy Mateo, Isabel Quintero, Karen Rodriguez,& Avi Roque
Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph Street, Chicago
August 25 – September 27, 2015
A raw comic book fable that sets our hero and his sidekick on a quixotic quest across New York City that proves to be anything but ordinary.

“This script is dripping with creativity…” Buzz on Stage

“Don Chipotle offers youth stage talent for tale of hope, dreams and urban fight against violence.” NWI Times

“…important lessons of cultural identity, violence, death, family and friendship and emphasis on imagination and hope are key investments which matter to all ages.” NWI Times

“Bottom line: no need to be a regular theatre-goer to appreciate, so sit back and enjoy!” Buzz on Stage

“People who would like this show are people who like heartbreaking bittersweet endings, dragon-trains, and cardboard cookies. I think people will enjoy this show. It was beautiful to look at and the character arcs were beautiful and I really liked it.” Ada Grey Reviews For You