Another Word for Beauty

Jan 16 - Feb 21, 2016 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

  • A rollicking, sprawling... and eye-popping show”— Chicago Tribune

A stirring new music-filled work by Academy Award nominee José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Grammy winner Héctor Buitrago.

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. 

Another Word for Beauty contains adult language and references to sexuality and violence. It is recommended for audiences 14+.

 

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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

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    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

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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

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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

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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

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    Marisol Miranda (Carmen/Tatiana) and Socorro Santiago (Ciliana) in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson

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    Monique Curnen (Marilin/Magnolia), in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson

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    The cast of Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson

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    Mike Przygoda playing in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson

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    The cast and crew of Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson

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    Carmen Zilles (Isabelle), Yun Pardo (Jeimi), and Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora) in Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson

  • Another Word for Beauty Rehearsal Photos
    Playwright José Rivera in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty directed by Steve Cosson

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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

  • Another Word for Beauty Rehearsal Photos
    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

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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

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    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

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    Socorro Santiago (Ciliana) in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson

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    Director Steve Cosson and playwright José Rivera in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty

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    Composer Héctor Buitrago in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson

  • Another Word for Beauty Rehearsal Photos
    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

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    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

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    Playwright José Rivera in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty directed by Steve Cosson

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Bringing Beauty to Life: A Conversation with Another Word for Beauty Playwright José Rivera

A few weeks before rehearsals began for Another Word for Beauty, Academy Award-nominated playwright José Rivera sat down with the Goodman's Dramaturg Neena Arndt to discuss his research, the themes of the play and Colombian beauty pageants. Neena Arndt: How did you become interested in Buen Pastor Prison, the facility in Bogotá where a beauty pageant takes place each year?

 

Songs from the Soul: Grammy Award Winner Héctor Buitrago Brings His Eclectic Musical Style to Another Word for Beauty

Renowned Colombian songwriter and Another Word for Beauty composer Héctor Buitrago has made a career by tearing down walls. His Grammy Award-winning works with Aterciopelados, the groundbreaking band he led with singer Andrea Echeverri through the 1990s and 2000s, melded varying styles of music (from the punk rock and heavy metal that inspired him as a teen to the indigenous folk genres of his homeland).

 

Fact, Fiction and the Unknown: The Civilians' Process

Where do plays come from? A quick, glib answer is "from the mind of the playwright." That response, however, fails to take into account the myriad ways in which different artists work to shape their plays. While some writers toil in solitude, others gather inspiration from a variety of sources, and some plays are the result of collaborative efforts.

 

Why Another Word for Beauty?

How do we define beauty? By most standards, "beauty" is largely an external phenomenon, the quality of being physically attractive-although the standards of physical beauty may vary greatly from culture to culture and generation to generation.

Talks & Events
Accessibility
low vision and blind services  PATRONS WHO ARE BLIND OF HAVE LOW VISION

Large print programs: available to download in Microsoft Word format for all shows prior to a performance. Click here to access the large print program for Another Word for Beauty.

Braille programs: available day of the performance from the Guest Services desk

Audio Described performance: February 13, 2016 at 2pm.
Tickets are $30. For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code AUDIO when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

Touch Tour: February 13, 2016 at 12:30pm.
The tour will feature a 45-60 minute presentation detailing the set, costume and character elements for the performance. When reserving tickets please indicate how many people will be in your party for both the Touch Tour and the performance.

 

hearing impaired services

PATRONS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Assistive Listening Devices: Both the Albert and the Owen are equipped with FM frequency assistive listening devices. You may use your own headphones, or they will be provided for you. In addition, neck loops are available that are compatible with t-coil hearing aids. Devices are available at the Guest Services desk in the Goodman lobby. Assistive listening devices are offered free of charge, but a driver's license or valid ID is required as security.

Open Captioned Performance:  February 20, 2016 at 2pm. Tickets are $30.

An LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance.  For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code OPEN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

American Sign Language Interpretation: February 3, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $30. To access reserved, discounted seating in the front five rows for a signed performance, enter the promo code SIGN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

 

mobility services 

ACCESSIBLE SEATING FOR PERFORMANCES

Goodman Theatre has accessible wheelchair/scooter locations in both the Albert and Owen* theaters.

Depending on your preferences, you can use the promo codes below to access special reserved seat locations when purchasing tickets online:

  • Enter promo code TRANSFER if you wish to transfer to a theater seat from your walker, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Enter promo code REMOVAL if you require a location where a seat can be removed for you to stay in your wheelchair/scooter while you watch the performance.

Please call ticket services at 312.443.3800 if you have questions or would like to purchase over the phone. All of our ticket representatives can assist you in finding a seat location to fit your needs.

Goodman Theatre has a wheelchair on site, which may be used to transport patrons to and from assigned seats. For use of the on-site wheelchair, contact house management at 312.443.3818.

*Although the Owen Theatre is a general admission house, accessible seats will be reserved for you on the seating level you purchase.

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