Another Word for Beauty

Written by Academy Award nominee José Rivera 
Directed by Steve Cosson
Music by Grammy Award winner Héctor Buitrago
January 16 – February 21, 2016 in the Albert
A World Premiere Goodman Commission

Each year the female inmates at a Bogotá, Colombia prison compete in a beauty pageant intended by their jailers to motivate and rehabilitate them. While the pageant’s parade of glamorous gowns, exotic headdresses and rhythmic dances provides a distraction from daily suffering, its real impact on each woman is more than skin deep. Inspired by true events, Another Word for Beauty is a haunting and soulful examination of women trapped within a prison’s walls and the events and circumstances that led to their arrests. 

PRESS RELEASES
December 29, 2015 | Another Word for Beauty Premieres Jan 16
November 11, 2015 | Latino Theatre Celebration and Casting for Another Word for Beauty Announced 

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A montage of scenes from Another Word for Beauty, directed by José Rivera directed by Steve Cosson with music by Héctor Buitrago.
Scene - Jeimi (Yunuen Pardo) leads the pageant contestants Nora, Isabelle, Luzmery, Xiomara and Yolanda (Zoe Sophia Garcia, Carmen Zilles, Danaya Esperanza, Helen Cespedes and Stephanie Andrea Barron) in a dance rehearsal.
Scene - Nora (Zoë Sophia Garcia) and Tatiana (Marisol Miranda) argue over whether or not to boycott the pageant.
Scene - Previous pageant winner Jeimi (Yunuen Pardo) tries to make Luzmery (Danaya Esperanza)excited about competing in the pageant. Ciliana (Socorro Santiago) observes. 

 

Another Word for Beauty

  • Another Word for Beauty, Composer
    Another Word for Beauty, Composer

    Héctor Buitrago (Composer) is a Grammy Award-winning artist and musician with over 25 years of experience in the music world. As a founding member of the seminal Colombian band Los Aterciopelados he has toured the globe, released many critically acclaimed albums and became an ambassador for Colombia's current burgeoning musical scene. Los Aterciopelados is considered one of the most successful bands to break out from Colombia. Parallel to his musical pursuits, Mr. Buitrago has also spearheaded many ecological and social initiatives in Colombia such as Cantoalagua, which focuses on the protection of water sources. Mr. Buitrago united his two paths, music and the environment, with his solo musical project ConEctor. The project was met with international acclaim and is considered a pioneering work in Colombia’s musical evolution. His albums La Pipa De La Paz, Caribe Atomico, Rio, ConEctor I &II and Niños Cristal are a reflection of his calling to preserve his land, his roots, the environment and to empower his people to affect change in the world.

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  • Another Word for Beauty, Playwright
    Another Word for Beauty, Playwright

    José Rivera (Playwright) is a recipient of two Obie Awards for playwriting for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, which were both produced by The Public Theatre, New York.  His plays Cloud Tectonics (Playwrights Horizons and Goodman Theatre), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep and Goodman Theatre), Sueño (Manhattan Class Company), Sonnets for an Old Century (The Barrow Group), School of the Americas(Public Theatre), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Rattlestick and Goodman Theatre),Brainpeople (ACT, San Francisco), Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR)and The House of Ramon Iglesia (Ensemble Studio Theatre)have been produced across the country and around the world.  Another Word for Beauty, with music by Hector Buitrago, is premiering in 2016 at the Goodman Theatre in a co-production with the CiviliansIn the works are The Last Book of Homer, Scream for the Lost Romantics, and The Gamma Forest.  Rivera’s screenplay “The Motorcycle Diaries” was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2005.   His screenplay based on Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was distributed nationally in the winter of 2013.  His film “Trade” was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. Television projects in the works include an untitled HBO pilot, co-written and produced by Tom Hanks, as well as a 10-hour series for HBO tentatively known as “Latino Roots.” “Celestina,” based on his play Cloud Tectonics, will mark his debut as a feature film director.   He is the writer/director of the short film “Lizzy” and has recently completed his first novel, Love Makes the City Crumble.  His next film project will be a biography of famed baseball player Roberto Clemente for Legendary Films.

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  • Another Word for Beauty, Director
    Another Word for Beauty, Director

    Steve Cosson (Director) returns to Goodman Theatre, where he directed the 2013 New Stages Festival reading of Another Word for Beauty. Mr. Cosson is a director, writer and Artistic Director of The Civilians, who, during the 2014/2015 season, served as the first theater company in residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recent credits includePretty Filthy and In the Footprint (The Civilians); The Belle of Amherst with Joely Richardson and The Great Immensity (The Public Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns… (Playwrights Horizons, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); Dael Orlandersmith’s Stoop Stories and Paris Commune (The Public Theater, BAM Next Wave Festival and La Jolla Playhouse); This Beautiful City (Vineyard Theatre, Center Theatre Group and Humana Festival of New American Plays); (I am) Nobody’s Lunch (Soho Theatre, London; Edinburgh Fringe First Award); Gone Missing with several US and UK productions and a one-year run off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre;Ethel’s Documerica (BAM Next Wave Festival); Spring Awakening (Olney Theatre Center); Anne Washburn’s A Devil at Noon (Humana Festival of New American Plays) and Bus Stop(Kansas City Repertory Theatre). He was a speaker at the 2012 TED Conference, and this season his plays were published by Dramatists Play Service, Oberon Books and Playscripts, Inc.

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    Carmen Zilles (Isabelle), Danaya Esperanza (Luzmery), Helen Cespedes (Xiomara), Stephanie Andrea Barron (Yolanda), and Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora) in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    Carmen Zilles (Isabelle), Yunuen Pardo (Jeimi), and Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora) in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    AWFB03

    Dan Domingues (Danny/Maurico/Arturo), Danaya Esperanza (Luzmery), Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora), Carmen Zilles (Isabelle), Stephanie Andrea Barron (Yolanda) and Helen Cespedes (Xiomara) in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    Danaya Esperanza (Luzmery), Carmen Zilles (Isabelle), Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora), Socorro Santiago (Ciliana), Stephanie Andrea Barron (Yolanda) and Helen Cespedes (Xiomara) in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    Heather Velazquez (Maikelyn/Eva/Paramilitary), Stephanie Andrea Barron (Yolanda) and Socorro Santiago (Ciliana) in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    Helen Cespedes (Xiomara) and Dan Domingues (Danny/Maurico/Arturo) in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    Marisol Miranda (Carmen/Tatiana) and Socorro Santiago (Ciliana) in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    Monique Curnen (Marilin/Magnolia),  in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    The cast of Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    Mike Przygoda playing in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Beauty

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    AWFBReh_01

    Playwright José Rivera in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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    Composer Héctor Buitrago and Music Director Mike Przygoda in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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    AWFBReh_03

    Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora), Danaya Esperanza (Luzmery), Helen Cespedes (Xiomara),Yunuen Pardo (Jeimi), Stephanie Andrea Barron (Yolanda), Monique Gabriela Curnen(Marilin/Magnolia), Marisol Miranda (Carmen/Tatiana/Elisinda) and Carmen Zilles(Isabelle).  in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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    Dan Domingues (Danny/Mauricio/Arturo/Gregorio) in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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    AWFBReh_05

    Heather Velazquez (Maikelyn/Eva), Carmen Zilles (Isabelle) and Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora) in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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    AWFBReh_06

    Socorro Santiago (Ciliana) in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). 

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    AWFBReh_07

    Director Steve Cosson and playwright José Rivera in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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    AWFBReh_08

    Composer Héctor Buitrago in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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    AWFBReh_09

    Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora), Helen Cespedes (Xiomara), Danaya Esperanza (Luzmery), Stephanie Andrea Barron (Yolanda), Yunuen Pardo (Jeimi) and Marisol Miranda (Carmen/Tatiana/Elisinda) in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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    AWFBReh_10

    Musicians Diego Salcedo, Mike Przygoda, Javier Saume and Ruben Gonzalez in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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    AWFBReh_11

    Playwright José Rivera in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016).

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