Our Lady of the Underpass: Drama Based on True Chicago Event
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The last date listed for Our Lady of the Underpass was Sunday March 29, 2009 / 3:00pm.
The same week that Rome announced a new Pope, a woman driving home from work spotted an image of the Virgin Mary on a discolored wall of the Fullerton Avenue underpass. Inspired by real life interviews, playwright Tanya Saracho renders the voices of those who were drawn to that wall, exploring issues of faith and desire in present day Chicago.
The play features Charin Alvarez (Teatro Vista Ensemble), Ilana Faust (Teatro Luna Artistic Associate), Suzette Mayobre (Teatro Luna Ensemble Member), Rosie Newton, and Juan Gabriel Ruiz (Teatro Vista Junior Ensemble).
Tanya Saracho (Playwright) was born in Sinaloa, México and moved to Texas in the late 80’s. As the proud Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theater Ensemble, Tanya’s writing has been featured in most of Teatro Luna’s ensemble-built works including Generic Latina, Dejame Contarte, The Maria Chronicles, SOLO Latinas, S-E-X-Oh! and Lunatic(a)s.
Tanya’s play Kita y Fernanda has received productions at Teatro Luna (2003) and 16th Street Theatre (2008) along with a reading at Repertorio Español while a finalist for the 2003 Nuestras Voces playwrighting competition. Other Awards include: The Ofner Prize given by the Goodman Theatre, Finalist for the Christopher B. Wolk Award at Abingdon Theatre in NYC, nominee for the Wasserstein Prize and winner of the Khan Award. Her solo play Quita Mitos received a world premier with Teatro Luna, in November of 2006 and has toured colleges and festivals, including the International Hispanic Theatre Festival and the Goodman’s Latino Theatre Festival. Other productions include: Jarred (A Hoodoo Comedy) and Lunatic(a)s.
Tanya is working on a fellowship in collaboration between The Goodman Theatre and the Institute for Women and Gender Studies at Columbia College on an interview-based piece titled 27 where she will interview one woman from each of the 27 countries that make up the Latin Diaspora. She is also under commission from Steppenwolf Theatre to adapt Sandra Cisnero’s The House on Mango Street slated to open in the fall of 2009. Directing/co-directing credits include: Solo Tu, Lunatic(a)s, the remount of Generic Latina, Piece of Ass for Estrogen Fest, The Maria Chronicles for both the Goodman’s Latino Theater Festival and the critically acclaimed full-length run at Teatro Luna, and S-e-x-Oh!, Que Bonita Bandera and Three Days for SÓLO Latinas. Also an accomplished actor, Tanya’s performing credits include Neil Labutte’s Fat Pig with Renaissance Theatreworks in Milwaukee, Migdalia Cruz’ Another Part of the House with Teatro Vista, Living Out with American Theatre Co./Teatro Vista, Electricidad at Goodman Theatre, and Angels in America and La Casa De Bernarda Alba with Aguijon Theater. Tanya is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and her voice can be heard around the country in radio and television commercials.
Sandra Marquez (Director) has been a proud ensemble member of Teatro Vista, the mid-west’s only Equity Latino theater company, since 1997 and served as the company’s Associate Artistic Director from 1998-2006. In 2005 she made her main stage directorial debut with Teatro Vista’s production of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by Luis Alfaro. Previously she had conceived and directed an ensemble studio piece for Teatro Vista called Vampiros y Bebes. Other directing credits include student productions at various venues as well as her work with Yollocalli, the Theater Summer Outreach Program under the auspices of The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum and The Goodman Theater which served the young people of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.