Season Eight Brings An Exciting Future For UrbanTheater Company At Batey Urbano In Humboldt Park!

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Season Eight Brings An Exciting Future For UrbanTheater Company At Batey Urbano In Humboldt Park!

About UrbanTheater Company:

From its inception, UrbanTheater Company (UTC) has produced, promoted and performed plays of under-represented playwrights of color, allowing theatre to thrive in communities appreciative of cultural inclusion and accessibility. UrbanTheater Company is committed to the creation and exploration of urban-inspired works that convey, illuminate and empathize with the human experience.

Chicago, IL, (July 26, 2013) — UrbanTheater Company (UTC) is back! Under the leadership of Executive Director Ivan Vega, UTC announced its 2013/2014 season. UTC will kick off their Eighth Season with the Midwest Premiere of First Class by Cándido Tirado, directed by Juan Castañeda, featuring Ivan Vega and Hank Hilbert. Followed by Desi Moreno-Penson’s Devil Land, chosen from UTC’s R.A.W. (Real. Aggressive. Writing.) Series.

“This season feels right and we’re showcasing the heart of UrbanTheater. I’m proud to bring two Midwest Premieres, by two very talented Puerto Rican playwrights to the culturally vibrant community of Humboldt Park. Our goal is to continue to make our work accessible to the community where UTC lives. Our focus continues to be excellent story telling with an emphasis on direction and acting, as we showcase the backbone of UTC, our ensemble.”

–Ivan Vega, Executive Director


UTC is living out its motto “From The Streets to the Stage”. In the coming season UTC will be presenting two free performances of “First Class” at an outdoor venue through the generous support of their partners: Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC), Batey Urbano and Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA). Performances are scheduled on September 28th and October 5th at 3pm at La Casita de Don Pedro located at 2625 W. Division St. (directly across from Batey Urbano). For tickets email: or

On Wednesday, August 14th from 6-9pm join UTC for their Barrio Bash Friendraiser at Coco | 2723 W Division St (between Washtenaw Ave. & California Ave.). At the Barrio Bash you’ll have a rare opportunity to party with UTC, get a sneak peak of the season opener, “First Class”, and be a part of our journey “from the streets to the stage”. Tickets are $20 so get them while they last! For more information visit:

The 2013/14 UrbanTheater Company Season:

First Class
By Candido Tirado
Directed by Juan Castañeda
Featuring Ivan Vega and Hank Hilbert

Run Dates: Sep. 16, 2013 – Oct. 23, 2013

“Set on a bench in a traffic island in New York, gang territory, we meet two brothers. Apache: set on fighting to protect what’s there’s and Speedy: ready to leave it all behind. As tensions between the two grow, self-discoveries lead them to understand that their chances of survival is reliant on one another. But will it be enough? ”

Devil Land
By Desi Moreno-Penson
Directed by Ivan Vega
Run Dates: Spring 2014

“A childless Latino couple kidnaps a young girl in order to build their own family…but the little girl has ideas of her own, and when her imaginary friend, The Grinch, comes to life to help her, the hapless couple ends up getting far more than they bargained for! A dark and gothic fairytale for the contemporary world. ”

UTC, the professional theater in partnership with Batey Urbano, is located at 2620 W. Division St. in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. You can reach the UTC Box Office at 312-239-8783, or visit UTC’s website at

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