La Gringa by Carmen Rivera is the longest running off-broadway play written by a Latina playwright and we’re thrilled to be presenting the Midwest Premiere in association with Mikey O Comedy. UTC is seeking Latinx identified actors to be considered for the opening production of season 11. See information below for details.
La Gringa is about a young woman’s search for her identity. Maria Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays and arrives with plans to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has had an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Once Maria is in Puerto Rico, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American – a gringa – and Maria considers this a betrayal. If she’s a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, Maria concludes that she is nobody everywhere. Her uncle, Manolo, spiritually teaches her that identity isn’t based on superficial and external definitions, but rather is an essence that she has had all along in her heart.
MARIA – 22, Puerto Rican-American woman, born and raised in New York City. She’s considered a “Nuyorican.” Maria is young and naïve.
IRIS – 24 Maria’s cousin. She is very extroverted and a bit jealous of her cousin Maria.
NORMA – Late 50’s, Maria’s aunt iris’ mother Manolo’s sister, She never pursued her dreams and lives with bitterness and resentment in her spirit.
MANOLO – Late 60’s, Maria’s uncle. Manolo had dreams of pursuing acting when he was young. Although he is very ill and near death he possesses a very lively spirit and a great sense of humor.
VICTOR – Norma’s husband Early 60’s he possesses a great deal of positive energy. And has a huge capacity for love.
MONCHI- A neighbor 24 years old. He has an entrepreneurial spirit – he started his own farm and falls in love with Maria.
Audition Date: Audition: Wed. Sept. 7th; Callbacks: Thurs. Sept 8th
Audition Time: 5pm to 10pm
Audition Location: Auditions will be held at UrbanTheater Company located at 2620 W. Division St.
Type/Restrictions: Seeking Latinx identified actors.
Time Commitment: Rehearsals begin Oct. 1, Performances are Thu-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 3pm from Nov. 11-Dec. 18 (No Thanksgiving day performance). Some daytime performances. Dates TBD.
Material To Prepare: Please submit by email to Ivan Vega at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject titled La Gringa with Headshot / Resume for consideration. Sides will be provided.