Written by Desi Moreno-Penson

Directed by Hank Hilbert


March 7, 2014 – April 6, 2014

UrbanTheater Company
Location: 2628 W. Division St.
Performances: Thursdays – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 6pm
Previews: $10 March 4th, 5th & 6th 
General Admission: $20-$25 (April 5th is a benefit performance for $25, which includes one ticket, pre-show entertainment, homemade Puerto Rican food and an opportunity to mix and mingle with the playwright, cast and UTC ensemble)
Students: $15
Seniors: $10
Community Discount: $10 with 60622 Zip Code (must show ID)

Performance runs 90 minutes without an intermission 

Jasmin Cardenas & Mike Cherry, Christian Castro & Tricia Rodriguez

Production Team: Producer – Ivan Vega, Production Manager – Aaron Mays, Light/Sound Board Operator – Carolyn Reynolds, Lighting- Ivy Reid, Sound – Tony Bruno, Costumes – Freddie Rocha, Props – Amy Couey, Co-Director/Dramaturgy – Juan Castañeda, Box Office Manager – Tiara Brittan, Box Office Assistant – Olivia Sieck


“A childless, Latino couple kidnap a young girl in order to create a family…but the little girl has ideas of her own…and when her imaginary friend, the Grinch, comes to life to help her, the couple ends up with far more than they bargained for! A dark and gothic fairy tale for the contemporary world.”




Teatro Thursdays


Every Thursday, starting March 6th, we invite you to enjoy a show and 15% off your pre-show dinner at these featured restaurants.

March 6th – La Plena
March 13th – Papa’s Cache
March 20th – La Bruquena
March 27th – Latin American Restaurant & Lounge
April 3rd – Division Street Bar & Grill
. . .
After Show Drink Specials at
Coco Restaurant 2723 W Division St

Must present Teatro Thursday ticket confirmation for this exclusive pre-show discount.


Desi Moreno-PensonDESI MORENO-PENSON (Playwright): Desi’s new play, Comida de Puta (F**king Lousy Food) is the recipient of the 2013 MultiStages New Works Contest and will receive its world premiere production in New York in fall 2014 produced by MultiStages Theater Company. The same play has been selected as a semifinalist by the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in consideration for their 2014 National Playwrights Conference. MFA in Dramaturgy and Theatre/Literary Criticism from Brooklyn College; recipient of 2004 Samuel Levenson Memorial Scholarship for academic and creative achievement. Three-time recipient of the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Fellowships for playwriting/live performance, finalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, and a semifinalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Selected plays: Devil Land (Urban Stages, world premiere @2007 Summer Play Festival, directed by Jose Zayas), Ghost Light (59E59 Theatre, directed by Jose Zayas), 3 To a Session: A Monster’s Tale (Teatro Coribantes, San Juan, PR, Best Play at 2005 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival @Cherry Lane, 2004 New Works Lab @INTAR); Lazarus Disposed (14th Annual Int’l Women’s Playwriting Festival @Perishable Theatre, Providence, RI), Spirit Sex &Comida de Puta (Both short plays presented as part of the 2009 and 2011 The River Crosses Rivers/Going To The River Festival @Ensemble Studio Theatre), Reconcile, Bitch (Ugly Rhino Theatre Company, 1st Annual Red Shirt Rooftop Reading Series), Dead Wives Dance The Mambo In Hell (Decision 2012 Short Play Reading Series). Performance monologues include A Latina Prepares(Best Performance Short at 2004 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival @Henry Street Settlement), Don’t Knock It ‘Til You Try It (BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Barrow Group Theatre). This past May, these same performance monologues were presented in a solo show, Dos Mujeres, as part of the 10th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival produced by terraNOVA Collective. She’s been a featured playwright in the bilingual theatre arts publication, OLLANTAY. Her plays Devil Land,Ghost LightLazarus Disposed3 To a Session: A Monster’s Tale are published through Broadway Play Publishing and Spirit Sex was selected as part of the short plays anthology THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS OF 2010 published by Smith and Kraus. She is thrilled to have her play, Devil Land receive its Midwest premiere by UrbanTheater Company as part of their dynamic 8th Season. Desi is represented by Bruce Ostler at Bret Adams, Ltd., http://www.bretadamsltd.net/content/client/plays/.