"Intensely engaging"
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE

April 13 - May 12, 2013 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 2 hours and 25 minutes including one intermission

At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action film star.

A World Premiere Production

At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and a place to sleep for the needy. Set to the joyful sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, this poignant new play from 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner (Water by the Spoonful) and Tony Award nominee (In the Heights) Quiara Alegría Hudes chronicles a year in the life of these two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world.

Produced in association with Teatro Vista

 

 

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Artists

By QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES, Directed by EDWARD TORRES

Cast

NELSON GONZÁLEZ - Musician
JAMES HARMS - Lefty
SANDRA MARQUEZ - Yaz
FAWZIA MIRZA - Shar
ARMANDO RIESCO - Elliot
JAIME TIRELLI - Joaquin
DEMETRIOS TROY - Ali

Creative Team and Crew

COLLETTE POLLARD - Scenic Design
CHRISTINE PASCUAL - Costume Design
JESSE KLUG - Lighting Design
RAY NARDELLI - Sound Design
JOSHUA HORVATH - Sound Design
JOHN BOESCHE - Projection Design
TANYA PALMER - Dramaturg
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
DAVID WOOLLEY - Fight Consultant
KIMBERLY OSGOOD - Production Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • ★★★1/2 (out of 4)

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Delightful"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Full of hope"

    - Time Out Chicago

  • ★★★★ (out of 5)

    - Chicago Tribune

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