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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Listen to Mike Cherry who plays the narrator is the Midwest Premiere of UrbanTheater Company’s Devil Land by Desi Moreno-Penson as he “speaks in rhymes, with a menacing Boris Karloff lilt.” Only 4 performances left! Purchase your ticket today! 

"Devil Land": Get To Know Our Crew - Amy Couey (Props)


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 Amy Couey. Enjoy!
1. What made you want to pursue a career in live theater?

I love to help create a believable environment to help increase the audience’s experience. Also, I’m a big kid and I love to play dress up and make believe.

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Evil’s gotta go somewhere, right? - “Devil Land” by Desi Moreno-Penson
Photo by Carolyn Reynolds
Buy tickets today! - www.UrbanTheaterChicago.org

Evil’s gotta go somewhere, right? - “Devil Land” by Desi Moreno-Penson

Photo by Carolyn Reynolds

Buy tickets today! - www.UrbanTheaterChicago.org

"Devil Land": Get To Know Our Crew - Carolyn Reynolds (Stage Manager)

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 Carolyn Reynolds. Enjoy!
1. What made you want to pursue a career in live theater?

My grandmother introduced me to theater at a very young age and it just stuck. There is simply nothing like the power of a good story told well. 

2. What is your role in Devil Land

I’m the stage manager. It’s a different hat for me but I’ve really enjoyed being on this side of the table for a change. 

3. What are you looking forward the most of the summer?

The sun! I’m from California and this winter has been very rough for me. I will be outside playing and exploring as much as possible!

4. What is the most significant message you would take away form Devil Land

We are all susceptible to corruption but we also have the power to choose to overcome it. 

5. If you could choose one quote that means something to you, what would it be?

Beatriz’s line at the beginning “Evil’s gotta go somewhere, right?” It sticks out to me every time I hear it. It’s eerie and I think a very good tagline for the play itself. 

6. Which character in Devil Land can you most relate to personally and in which ways can you relate to this character?

I love watching the journey Destiny takes throughout the play. The idea that someone so young and fragile ends up being strong and powerful beyond her years is beautiful to me. She is in a horrible situation but she knows who she is and what she wants and never loses sight of that. 

7. What do you want the audience members to take away from this show?

Again, I think the idea that we are all potentially vulnerable to corruption and power is a scary idea but it’s important to be aware of. This is obviously an extreme version of that but still very relatable. 

8. What play would you love to star in and what role would you want to play?

My background is in Shakespeare so his fabulous women are always at the top of my list. Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Rosalind, Desdemona… You get the idea.  

9. What is your favorite cartoon character?

Mickey Mouse. I love that Walt Disney had a phobia of mice until he drew Mickey and it ended up bringing joy to millions of people. He definitely makes me smile. 

10. Out of all the theaters in the city of Chicago, what is the one part about UrbanTheater that makes it so unique to its audience members?

UTC is directly involved with its patrons and so accessible to them the way a lot of theater isn’t. They do work that means something to the community and people are excited to come see what’s next. I know I am! 

Purchase Your Tickets Today! - Take me to Devil Land

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Taken from today’s anti-deportation protest rally at federal plaza.

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Taken from today’s anti-deportation protest rally at federal plaza.