History

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UrbanTheater Company (UTC) was founded in 2005 by a Latino ensemble deeply rooted in their community and culture. In 2005, UTC presented its inaugural production of Miguel Piñero’s 1974 Drama Critics Circle Award and Obie Award winning play Short Eyes, directed by Court Theatre’s Resident Artist/Director Ron OJ Parson. The theatrical community’s support of UTC’s inaugural offering and the critical success of Short Eyes led to UTC dedicating its Premiere Season to producing the Major Plays of Miguel Piñero. In 2006, UTC produced two more Piñero plays, both Midwest Premieres: The Sun Always Shines for the Cool, directed by UTC Co-Founder Madrid St. Angelo and Eulogy for A Small Time Thief, directed by Collaboraction Theater’s Joel Moormon. Both plays were critically acclaimed by Chicago’s theatrical community and garnered UTC with two awards and citations: Performink and Gay Chicago’s Top Ten Best of the Year, The Sun Always Shines for the Cool; After Dark Best Actor and Best Set Design, UTC Co-Founder, Ivan Vega and Jorge Félix, respectively.

As a platform for multicultural representation in the arena of performance and story-telling, UTC continues to serve as a bridge between artists of all mediums, our varying and respective communities of color and our communities’ youth. UTC engages itself in the work of community responsibility and has worked to raise awareness concerning many of the social issues facing our diverse backgrounds.

UTC PRODUCTION TIMELINE

Short Eyes by Miguel Piñero
Directed by Ron OJ Parson
2005

The Sun Always Shines for the Cool by Miguel Piñero
Directed by Madrid St. Angelo
2006

Eulogy for a Small Time Thief by Miguel Piñero
Directed by Joel Moorman
2006

Runaways by Elizabeth Swados
Directed by Nikkieli DeMone
2007

Broken Thread by Wysteria Edwards
Directed by Nikkieli DeMone
2009

Cuba and His Teddy Bear by Reinaldo Povod
Directed by Marilyn Camacho
2009

Brainpeople by José Rivera
Directed by Marti Lyons
2010

Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera
Directed by Madrid St. Angelo in collaboration with Juan Castañeda
2011

Beauty of the Father by Nilo Cruz
Directed by Cecilie Keenan
2011

Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Richard Perez
2012

First Class by Candido Tirado
Directed by Juan Castañeda
2013 & 2014 at Theater on the Lake

Devil Land by Desi Moreno-Penson
Directed by Hank Hilbert
Co-directed by Juan Castañeda

Julia De Burgos: Child of Water by Carmen Rivera
Directed by Juan Castañeda
2014

Adoration of the Old Woman by José Rivera
Directed by Juan Castañeda
2015

Lolita de Lares by Migdalia Cruz
Directed by Marcela Muñoz
2016

La Gringa by Carmen Rivera
Directed by Marcela Muñoz
2016

Water & Power by Richard Montoya
Directed by Richard Perez
2017