Artist Encounter: American Mariachi

STARTS 5/3/2020 The Alice Center (Baskes Rotunda)
4pm Reception & Discussion Following 2pm Performance $35

Join American Mariachi director Henry Godinez and playwright José Cruz González in a post-show reception with complimentary food and drinks as they discuss their process in achieving American Mariachi’s exploration of family, gender roles and how we use music to fill the holes in our lives.

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Meet the Artists

  • José Cruz González, Playwright

    José Cruz González is a playwright whose work includes American MariachiUnder a Baseball SkyAmong the Darkest ShadowsThe Astronaut FarmworkerThe Long Road TodayThe San PatriciosSunsets and MargaritasLos ValientesThe Sun SerpentInviernoThe Heart’s Desire, Tomás and the Library LadyWaking Up in Lost HillsEarth SongsSeptember Shoes, Odysseus CruzThe Highest Heaven and Harvest Moon. A collection of his plays, Nine Plays by José Cruz González Magical Realism & Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences was published by the University of Texas Press in 2009. Mr. González has written for PAZ, the Emmy Award nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel. The Astronaut Farmworker was a 2016 PEN Center USA Literary Award Finalist.

    José Cruz González
  • Henry Godinez, Director

    Henry Godinez is the Resident Artistic Associate at Goodman Theatre. His Goodman directing credits include Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and TeethThe Sins of Sor Juana and Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarías; José Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted (and world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre); Regina Taylor’s Millennium Mambo; Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad and Straight as a Line; The Cook by Eduardo Machado; Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez; the Goodman/Teatro Vista co-production of José Rivera’s Cloud Tectonics and the 1996–2001 productions of A Christmas Carol. He also served as director of the Goodman’s Latino Theatre Festival. As an actor, Godinez appeared most recently in Goodman’s The Winter’s Tale2666 and the Goodman/Teatro Buendía of Cuba world premiere of Pedro Páramo, and at Writers Theatre in the title role of Quixote: In the Conquest of SelfHe has also appeared on television in Chicago PD, Above the Law, The Beast, The Chicago Code, Boss and Chicago Fire. Co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista, Godinez is the recipient of the 1999 Theatre Communications Group Alan Schneider Director Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts and was honored as the 2008 Latino Professional of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network. Born in Havana, Cuba, Godinez is a professor at Northwestern University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Arts Council and Albany Park Theater Project.

    Henry Godinez

About American Mariachi

  • American Mariachi

    April 25 - May 31, 2020 in the Albert Theatre

    Familia, amor and tradición are at the heart of this hilarious and heartwarming new comedy about the freedom to dream big. Lucha spends her days caring for her ailing mother, but longs to shake up her 1970s home life. When a forgotten record album sparks her mother’s memory, Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live mariachi music, this “big-hearted, musical tug at the heartstrings” (Denver Post) reveals how music and love can make just about anything possible.