Written by José Rivera

Directed by Juan Castañeda

The Midwest Premiere

Written by José Rivera
Directed by UTC Artistic Director Juan Castañeda

February 12 – March 13, 2016
Previews February 9-11, 2016

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In this searing, magical-realist, coming-of-age drama from two-time Obie Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee José Rivera (References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot; Marisol; The Motorcycle Diaries), a rebellious New Jersey teenager encounters family secrets, political turmoil, an alluring ghost, a haunted bed and a love triangle of her own when she is sent to rural Puerto Rico to live with the elderly great-grandmother she’s never met—and whose language she doesn’t know how to speak. Adoration of the Old Woman marks UrbanTheater Company’s third production of Rivera’s work, following Brainpeople in 2010 and the Joseph Jefferson Award-nominated Sonnets for an Old Century in 2011.

RiveraJose_288x375José Rivera (Playwright) is a recipient of two Obie Awards for playwriting for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, which were both produced by The Public Theater in New York. His plays, Cloud Tectonics(Playwrights Horizons and Goodman Theatre), Boleros for the Disenchanted(Yale Repertory Theatre and Goodman Theatre), Sueño (Manhattan Class Company), Sonnets for an Old Century(The Barrow Group), School of the Americas (The Public Theater), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Rattlestick and Goodman Theatre), Brainpeople (ACT, San Francisco), Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR) and The House of Ramon Iglesia(Ensemble Studio Theatre), have been produced across the country and around the world. He is currently working on The Last Book of Homer, Scream for the Lost Romantics, andThe Gamma Forest.  Mr. Rivera’s screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2005.  His screenplay based on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was distributed nationally in the winter of 2013. His film Trade was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. Television projects in the works include an untitled HBO pilot, co-written and produced by Tom Hanks, as well as a 10-hour series for HBO tentatively known as Latino Roots.Celestina, based on his play Cloud Tectonics, will mark his debut as a feature film director. He is the writer/director of the short film Lizzy and has recently completed his first novel,Love Makes the City Crumble. His next film project will be a biography of famed baseball player Roberto Clemente for Legendary Films.

Juan Castañeda (Director/UTC Artistic Director) is a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University and the Artistic Director for UrbanTheater Company. He directed the company’s 2014 production of Julia de Burgos: Child of Water (by Carmen Rivera) and the 2013 production of First Class (by Cándido Tirado, which was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Theater on the Lake series). He also co-directed UTC’s 2014 production of Devil Land (by Desi Moreno-Penson) and the 2011 Jeff-recommended production of Sonnets for an Old Century (by José Rivera). Other credits as a director, assistant director, stage manager and actor include: 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 and La Molecula Artistica.

Cast
Nydia Castillo*; Melissa DuPrey*; Debbie Baños; Andrew Perez*; Armando Reyes

Daena Ramos (Understudy)

Production Team
Juan Castaneda (Director)*; Daena Ramos (Assistant Director); Liza Ann Acosta (Dramaturg)*; Ivan Vega (Producer)*; Tony Bruno (Production Manager)*; Rebekah Brock (Stage Manager); Ivy Reid (Lighting Consultant)*; Johnny Moran (Fight Choreographer); Esteban Andrés Cruz (Ensemble Coach)

Designers
Fredy Rocha (Costume Designer); Amy Couey (Properties Designer)*; Noel Spence (Scenic Designer); Rebbeca Bartle (Lighting Designer)

(* denotes UrbanTheater Company member)

Tickets
Previews: $10
Pre-sale: $15
Walk-up: $20
Students and seniors: $12
Group of 10 or more: $12
60626 zip code residents: $10

Box Office: (312) 767-UTC1; (312) 767-8821 or http://urbantheaterchicago.org
Performance Venue: UrbanTheater Company at Batey Urbano, 2620 W. Division St., on the Paseo Boricua in the heart of Humboldt Park (newly renovated)
Performance Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays

Dinner. Theater. Community.

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Posted by UrbanTheater Company on Tuesday, February 23, 2016