Concert Readings & Panel Discussions

Celebrate Latina|o artists with free concert readings and panel discussions.

  • Feb 15
    Isaac GomezReading

    La Ruta by Isaac Gomez

    Monday, February 15 | 7pm
    Presented by Goodman Theatre
    Directed by Jo Cattell
    National Museum of Mexican Art
    1852 W. 19th St.
    FREE, reservations required.

    Pulled from real testimonies, La Ruta follows two mothers searching for their missing daughters. Inspired by the unsolved murders of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (a story also at the heart of 2666), this play examines a community of women attempting to live in the wake of unspeakable loss. This reading will be part of a larger conversation about the impact of violence on vulnerable communities and serves as the launch for a contest for young playwrights. Winning entries will receive a public reading at the Goodman.


  • Feb 17
    Jose RiveraReading

    School of the Americas by José Rivera | SOLD OUT

    Presented by Urban Theater Company
    Directed by Juan Castañeda
    2620 W. Division St.
    Wednesday, February 17 | 7:30pm
    FREE, reservations required.

    In the Bolivian jungle, Che Guevara is captured and held in a one-room schoolhouse. For two days, his fate remains in limbo until a young school teacher in the village insists that she be granted permission to speak to the famous revolutionary.

    Please note: This concert reading has sold out.

  • Feb 18
    Jose RiveraReading

    Marisol by José Rivera | SOLD OUT

    Presented by Teatro Vista
    Directed by Ricardo Gutierrez
    Thursday, February 18 | 7:30pm
    Polk Rehearsal Room, Goodman Theatre
    FREE, reservations required.

    A war between Uzi-wielding angels and an insane God interrupts the life of a Puerto Rican copy editor living in New York. José Rivera’s award-winning play details a vision of a city where bizarre and surreal violence takes over as the end of the world draws near.

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  • Feb 19
    Jose RiveraReading

    The Hours are Feminine by José Rivera|SOLD OUT

    Presented by Goodman Theatre
    Friday, February 19 | 7:30pm
    Polk Rehearsal Room, Goodman Theatre
    FREE, reservations required.

    1960. Two immigrant families—one Italian American, the other Puerto Rican—move to Long Island. Racism and differing languages keep the neighbors apart, until a unexpected friendship offers an opportunity for kindness and a new sense of home.


  • Feb 20
    Jose RiveraReading

    References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot by José Rivera

    Presented by Northwestern University Department of Theatre
    1pm | Northwestern University, Wallis Theatre, 1949 Campus Dr., Evanston
    Saturday, February 20| 1pm, 3pm panel discussion 
    FREE, reservations required.

    The moon, a cat and the boy next door keep Gabriela company as she waits for her husband to return from fighting in the Persian Gulf. Magical realism and gritty naturalism collide in this story of lust, longing and love.

    Panel discussion immediately following. Scholars and artists discuss the legacy of José Rivera’s work. Tickets must be reserved seperately. 


  • Panel Discussion on the Work of José Rivera

    Presented by Northwestern University Department of Theatre
    1pm | Northwestern University, Wallis Theatre, 1949 Campus Dr., Evanston
    Saturday, February 20| 3pm
    FREE, reservations required.


  • Feb 24
    Maria Irene FornesReading

    Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés

    Presented by Rivendell Theatre
    Directed by Jessica Fisch
    Wednesday, February 24 | 7:30pm
    Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave.
    FREE, reservations required.

    Fefu, a well-to-do philanthropist, invites her closest female friends to her home to rehearse a politically subversive play they plan to present at a charity event. In the absurdist scenes that follow, the women explore their relationships, their bonds with the men who control their lives, and how power is simultaneously desired and relinquished.

    For reservations please call 773.334.7728 or reserve online at .


  • Feb 25
    Maria Irene FornesReading

    Mud by María Irene Fornés

    Presented by The Hypocrites Theater Chicago
    Thursday, February 25 | 7:30pm
    The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    FREE, reservations required.

    In a desperately poor rural community, a young woman tries to pull herself out of the conditions into which she was born. When she brings home an older man, tensions come to a head and escaping home becomes a matter of life and death.

    For reservations please call 872.205.6525 or reserve online at

  • Feb 26
    Maria Irene FornesReading

    Sarita by María Irene Fornés

    Presented by Goodman Theatre
    Directed BY Tlaloc Rivas
    Friday, February 26 | 7:30pm
    Polk Rehearsal Room, Goodman Theatre
    FREE, reservations required.

    After an unplanned pregnancy at age 14, Sarita runs away from home and into the arms of her schoolyard crush. Romance, lust, rage and madness swirl around her as the years pass and bring with them a series of complicated loves.


  • Feb 27
    Maria Irene FornesReading

    The Conduct of Life by María Irene Fornés

    Presented by the Theatre School at DePaul University
    Directed by Lisa Portes
    Saturday, February 27 | 1pm
    Healy Theatre, DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine
    FREE, reservations required.

    Something’s rotten in an unnamed Latin American country where Orlando, a lieutenant specializing in torture, and his wife live a seemingly comfortable existence. But as Orlando’s unusual and unsettling passions mount, a terrible secret kept in the basement threatens to explode.

    Panel discussion immediately following the performance. Scholars and artists discuss the impact and legacy of María Irene Fornés’ work. Panelists include Migdalia Cruz and Brian Herrera.

    To reserve tickets to the reading and panel discussion call 773.325.7900 or email

  • Feb 29

    Poetry of Bolaño, Márquez and Galeano

    Presented by the Poetry Foundation and Aguijón Theater
    61 W. Superior St.
    Monday, February 29 | 7:30pm
    FREE, no Reservations Required

    The poetry of Roberto Bolaño, Gabriel García Márquez and Eduardo Galeano is among the most vivid and haunting in contemporary literature. Performances of the outstanding writings of these three uniquely Latin American artists will be presented by Aguijón Theater.

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