Written by Cándido Tirado

Directed by Juan Castañeda

Featuring Ivan Vega and Hank Hilbert

Show Info

Sep. 16, 2013 – Oct. 22, 2013
Sun. at 3pm,  Mon. & Tues. at 7:30pm

  • October 22, 2013 | Closing Benefit Performance ($25)
    • 6:30pm – Doors Open
    • 7:00pm – Start Time with Stand-up by Melissa DePrey
    • 7:30pm – “First Class” Performance
    • Post show dinner by the Mama’s of UTC
      • Puerto Rican, Columbian & Mexican Food
    • Complimentary Water and Soda
    • Wine & Beer is Cash Bar

Run Time: 2hrs with 15 minute intermission

2628 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622 (street parking available)


General Admission: $20
: $15
Community Residents
: $10 (with 60622 zipcode/must show valid ID)
: $10
Group Rates Available



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?


IVAN VEGA (Speedy) is an actor, co-founder and Executive Director of UrbanTheater Company (UTC). In 2005, Vega led the company as its first Artistic Director. His credits include: Augusta and Noble / Adventure Stage Chicago; Beauty of the Father / UTC; Life is a Dream / Vitalist Theatre; A Lover’s Dismantling: Fragments of a Scenic Discourse / Goodman’s Latino Theater Festival/UTC; Cuba and His Teddy Bear / UTC; Broken Thread / UTC; Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back / Adventure Stage Chicago; Eulogy for a Small Time Thief at Batey Urbano / UTC (2007 After Dark Award for Outstanding Performance as ‘David Dancer’) & Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams / Victory Gardens. Other credits include: Short Eyes at Aguijón Theater / UTC; Two Sisters and a Piano / Apple Tree/Teatro Vista; References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot / Bailiwick; Perversiones / Aguijón Theater (2004 International Theater Festival in Arequipa/Cusco, Peru); Bodas de Sangre at Aguijón & Anna In The Tropics at Victory Gardens. Mr.Vega holds his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in acting from the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University. He sends lots of love to Melissa for her patience and support. To baby Vega, I can’t wait to meet you!

HANK HILBERT (Apache) received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1998, and then went to Northern Illinois University in 1999 to study under Kathryn Gately-Poole where he received his Masters in acting in 2002. Before moving to Chicago in 2004, Hank lived in Milwaukee WI, where he performed at the Boulevard Theatre as well as Bernie Mac’s film Mr. 3000. In 2004, Hank reconnected with colleagues from Northern Illinois University who started Bruised Orange Theatre Company, and serves as an artistic associate. Hank also works with International Voices Project (IVP) where he was seen in Safe and Seven Doors and other readings of international scripts. He serves at the only acting artistic associate with IVP. UrbanTheater Company productions include: Eulogy for a Small Time Thief, Cuba and His Teddy Bear and Sonnets for an Old Century. Hank is now the Casting Director for UrbanTheater Company. Hank was recently in Sideshow Theatre Company Idomeneus, which won the 2013 Jeff award for best ensemble. Hank also teaches Acting I at Second City where he has been teaching for over five years. Hank would like to thank Juan Castañeda and the crew along with his UTC family for all the hard work and dedication.

JUAN CASTAÑEDA (Director) is proud to be the literary manager and an ensemble member of UTC. A graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University, Juan joined the UTC family in 2010, and has worked as an assistant director and director with Urban. In the spring of 2013 Juan was able to further develop his role as literary manager by curating UTC’s first annual R.A.W (Real Aggressive Writing) staged reading series. Other credits as a director, assistant director, stage manager and actor include companies such as Steep Theatre, Teatro Vista, Halcyon Theatre, The People’s Theatre Company of Chicago, Chicago Dramatists, EX-Pats Theatre, The Mammals Theatre, Hobo Junction Productions, Chicago Fusion Theatre, Splitpillow Productions, Fine Print Theatre Company, Clockwise Theatre, La Molecula Artistica and Colectivo el Pozo.


CÁNDIDO TIRADO (Playwright) is the author of numerous plays including Fish Men, which was co-produced by The Goodman Theatre and Teatro Vista, Nominated for 4 Jeffs and Steinberg award, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award (TCG), New York Foundation of the Arts “NYFA” Fellowship, Celia: The Life And Music of Celia Cruz co-written with Carmen Rivera – (New World Stages – NYC; Athenaeum/Chicago; Bellas Artes/Santurce, Puerto Rico); Momma’s Boyz (Produced by Teatro Vista/Chicago, Spanish Repertory/New York, Ateneo/Puerto Rico, “NYFA” Fellowship, chosen Chicago Top Ten plays in 2011 by the Huffington Post); THE BARBER SHOP (Spanish Repertory); KING WITHOUT A CASTLE (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (P.R.T.T.)/Sundance Institute Theater Lab./”NYFA” Fellowship); First Class, Checking Out (P.R.T.T.) Some People Have All The Luck (National Theater of Dominican Republic) Salsa Nights (Latino Experimental Fantastic Theater) The Kid Next Door “NYFA” Fellowship) Other Plays: Two Diamonds, When Nature Calls, Abuelo, The Missing Colors of the Rainbow, Hey There Black Cat, And the Pursuit of Happiness, La Cancion (commissioned Spanish Repertory) Palladium and House Of Souls both co-written. Publications: First Class – Recent Puerto Rican Theater-Arte Publico; Some People Have All the Luck – Nuestro New York – Penguin, Mentor Books; Momma’s Boyz – Nuestras Voces – No Passport; Ilka the Dream: Positive/Negative: Women of Color Living with H.I.V. (Aunt Lute Books) He’s also a staff writer for the hit web series East WillyB. Co-founder Educational Plays Productions with his wife Carmen Rivera, which tours the public schools with socially relevant plays for youth. Website: CandidoTirado

MEGAN SEE (Stage Manager) was born and raised in Grand Island Nebraska and attended Doane College where she majored in theatre and English. From there it was off to the big city: Chicago Illinois! Since Megan has been here she’s been in or has worked on: Without a Parachute, with Fazool Theatre; The Emperor’s New Clothes, with Windy City players; Werewolf’s Cure, or Hair Today Gone Tomorrow, with Theatre Hikes; and stage managed Richard III and Natural Born Killers, with Wayward Production. A big shout out to her favorite boys, Jefferson and Groucho, as well as the rest of the family back in NE, love ya.

NOËL DOMINIQUE (Scenic Designer) is super psyched to be working with the crew at Urban again after taking a brief hiatus to become a mom. She has worked in various design and technical capacities for Chicago Fusion Theatre, UrbanTheatre, Right Brain Project, Meadowbrook Entertainment, and Wayward Productions (where she is the resident technical director). Many thanks to the electron to her proton Riso- without him, her life would be a cation.

DANI SNYDER-YOUNG (Dramaturg) is a Chicago-based dramaturg, director, and critic. Her artistic work focuses primarily on political theatre, community based performance, new play development, and adaptations of classical texts for diverse audiences, which dovetails with her scholarly work on applied and community-based theatre. Dani is the author of Theatre of Good Intentions: Challenges and Hopes for Theatre and Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2103) and an artist-in-residence with Halcyon Theatre. She is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University, where she runs the BA Theatre Arts program. Dani holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA and PhD from New York University. Special Thanks: Illinois Wesleyan University & Iris Sowalt

CALLIE EDWARDS (Assistant Director) has had a blast working on her first show with Urban. Callie moved to Chicago two years ago from Georgia, and since then she’s worked creatively with The Artistic Home, The Saint Sebastian Players, and The Side Project.


Thank Yous

First Class Contributor

  • The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC)
  • Batey Urbano
  • Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC)
  • Lourdes Lugo
  • Mike Oquendo
  • Division Bar & Grill
  • Anthony Aicardi
  • Patrizia Acerra
  • Topher McCulloch
  • Coco Restaurant
  • José Allende
  • Madeline Rodriguez
  • Kate Ingold and Sonny Faulseit
  • Carlos Arce Jr.
  • Kelly Owens
  • Oscar del Amor
  • Zak Piper
  • Mercy Oni
  • Tom Sutton
  • Dennis Newport
  • Victor J. Cole & Dianne B. Shaw
  • Jennifer Best
  • Brandy  Norton
  • Dionna
  • Marisa Lopez
  • Dagoberto Zolio Soto
  • Joe Caballero
  • Sol Paredes
  • William Rivera
  • Natalie Sikorski
  • Hyalker Amaral
  • Zeek Agosto
  • Sandra Marquez
First Class Associate Producer
  • Christian Coon
  • Laurie Stalheim
  • Antonia Arcely
  • noemi
  • Juan Carlos Linares
First Class Producer
  • Alejandro Luis Molina
  • Margarita Shabazz
  • Everlidis Rojas
  • Carlos Vargas

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