UrbanTheater to Produce Midwest Premiere of Julia De Burgos: Child of Water

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17, 2014

Press Contact: Ivan Vega

Executive Director

708-370-3138

ivanvega@urbantheaterchicago.org

URBANTHEATER TO PRODUCE MIDWEST PREMIERE OF JULIA DE BURGOS: CHILD OF WATERFOLLOWING CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF RENOWNED POET

Obie Award-winning Latina playwright, Carmen Rivera. traces the tumultuous life of Puerto Rican poet and activist Julia de Burgos. Opens November 7, 2014.

JULIA DE BURGOS: CHILD OF WATER

Playwright: Carmen Rivera

Director:  Juan Castañeda*

Assistant Director: Mike Cherry*

Cast:

  • Guadalís Del Carmen (Julia De Burgos)
  • Tamika Lechee’ Morales (Woman)
  • Christian Castro (Juan Isidro Jimenez Grullon)
  • Nydia Castillo (Julia’s Mother/Boss/and Female Stranger with Books)
  • J.J. Romero (Pablo Neruda/Publisher)
  • Ivan Vega (Juan Bosch/Super)*
  • Noe Jara (Tito Arroyo/Grullon’s Friend

*UTC Ensemble Member

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Jeremy Meeks doesn’t have anything on these Savage Skulls! Have you seen Apache and Speedy mugshots—they’ve gone viral! Meet them both on June 25-29 as they make a rare appearance in First Class at Theater on the Lake. 

View Mugshots here. 

"First Class" baby! June 25-29 at @theateronthelake! #TOTL #FirstClass #ChicagoTheater (at The Theatre School at DePaul University)

"First Class" baby! June 25-29 at @theateronthelake! #TOTL #FirstClass #ChicagoTheater (at The Theatre School at DePaul University)

Exploring the deeper layers of “First Class” during table work. The work for @theateronthelake continues! #FirstClass #TOTL #FC14 #ChicagoTheater (at UrbanTheater Company)

Exploring the deeper layers of “First Class” during table work. The work for @theateronthelake continues! #FirstClass #TOTL #FC14 #ChicagoTheater (at UrbanTheater Company)

UTC revives critically acclaimed play this summer at @theateronthelake! We will be performing June 25-29!

UTC revives critically acclaimed play this summer at @theateronthelake! We will be performing June 25-29!

Nikki Waltrich is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) doing a presentation with other classmates for their History of Modern Puerto Rico class taught by José Lopez on the history, involvement and relevancy of UrbanTheater Company (UTC) in the community of Humboldt Park. Before leaving, she won a UTC t-shirt and wore it during her trip to Nicaragua with Habitat For Humanity. Here is some information regarding the wonderful work she was doing on her trip:

I went to Nicaragua during my Spring break. The community we built in was Masachapa, about an hour from Managua. What we built was technically called a ‘home improvement.’ Habitat Nicaragua doesn’t have the money to make full houses, so we made like a part of a house with the intention that when the family has more money or materials they can add onto the room we gave them. We laid bricks, made mortar and concrete, made rebar, and I played with the kids a lot.

Keep up the great work and thanks for representing your UTC t-shirt! 

Las BomPleneras performed this evening before our SOLD OUT performance of “Devil Land” started. They were amazing! #DevilLand14

Tonight is our closing bash benefit performance for “Devil Land” by Desi Moreno-Penson. Only one more left! Tomorrow we must close. If you haven’t seen “Devil Land” yet, what are you waiting for?! Click link in profile for tickets.

Tonight is our closing bash benefit performance for “Devil Land” by Desi Moreno-Penson. Only one more left! Tomorrow we must close. If you haven’t seen “Devil Land” yet, what are you waiting for?! Click link in profile for tickets.

"Devil Land": Get To Know Our Crew - Antonia Arcely (Understudy for Beatriz)

From now until the end of the run, we will highlight the talented individuals involved in the Midwest Premiere of Devil Land by Desi Moreno-Penson, directed by Hank Hilbert. Here’s a brief questionnaire with Antonia Arcely who will be performing the role of Beatriz (normally played by Jasmin Cardenas) on Friday, April 4. Enjoy!
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(Photo: Antonia and her grandmother)

1. What made you want to pursue a career in live theater?

The energy I feel from live audience is exhilarating. It’s something I want to feel over and over. 

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"Devil Land": Get To Know Our Crew - Tony Bruno (Sound Design)

From now until the end of the run, we will highlight the talented individuals involved in the Midwest Premiere of Devil Land by Desi Moreno-Penson, directed by Hank Hilbert. Here’s a brief questionnaire with Tony Bruno. Enjoy!
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1. What made you want to pursue a career in live theater?
The feeling I get when collaborating with so many creative people is a wonderful experience, once I learned how rewarding it was I couldn’t keep away.

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