La Gringa is the longest-running Spanish-language play in Off-Broadway history celebrating its 20th anniversary
Press Opening November 11
Opening Night November 11
In this Obie Award-winning comedy about a young woman’s search for her identity, María Elena Garcia goes to visit her extended family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays, excited to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has grown up with an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Upon her arrival, however, 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 María considers this a betrayal: If she’s a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, María concludes, then this makes her a nobody everywhere. Her journey to come to terms with who she is leads María into misperceptions and misadventures. But will an unlikely ally help her find her way to the other side?
“90 minutes of laughter…Carmen Rivera has captured the spirit of the Puerto Rican experience” and The Village Voice says, “Carmen Rivera’s deft playwriting delivers María from her personality crisis with spiritual transcendence.” – New York Times
Carmen Rivera (Playwright) is an Obie Award-winning playwright whose other Off Broadway productions include La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny (2002 ACE Award – Best Production); Julia de Burgos: Child of Water; To Catch the Lightning (1997 Nomination ACE Award – Best Production); The Next Stop (INTAR / Repertorio Español); and Under the Mango Tree (INTAR). She also co-wrote, with Cándido Tirado, Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz, (HOLA Award 2008, Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting), which played Off-Broadway at New World Stages and toured Florida, Chicago, Tenerife, Canary Islands and Puerto Rico. Twelve of her other works have been produced at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); Teatro Circulo; SOHO Rep; Nuyorican Poet’s Café; National Public Radio (NPR); UrbanTheater Company in Chicago and many other theaters. She holds an MA in Playwriting and Latin American Theatre from New York University. Read More
Miranda Gonzalez (Director) is a founding ensemble member of Teatro Luna, Chicago’s only all-Latina theater company. She and has devised and developed plays since 2000 and has worked as a director since 2010. Her directing and development credits include: Of Princes, Princesses and Other Creatures at the 2010 Goodman Latino Theatre Festival; GL 2010: Not Your Generic Latina at Chicago Dramatists; the 10×10 Festival at American Theater Company; Lullaby at The Greenhouse Theater Center, The North/South Plays workshop at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; Crossed with Teatro Luna, Crime Scene: Chicago with Collaboraction and solo artist Melissa DuPrey’s Sushi-Frito at Free Street Theater.
General Admission: $20