Written by Migdalia Cruz

Directed by Marcela Muñoz

Lolita de Lares  was commissioned, developed, & produced at Latino Chicago Theater Company, 1995, directed by Edward Torres

June 24-July 24, 2016

Press Opening June 24
Opening Night June 25

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This colorful, insightful, surrealist political drama from National Endowment for the Arts and Kennedy Center fellow Migdalia Cruz (El Grito del Bronx; Fur) explores—through the points of view of 50 different characters—the remarkable, real-life story of Dolores (Lolita) Lebron, a Puerto Rican Nationalist Party member who served 25 years in prison for spearheading a 1954 armed uprising in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1995, Latino Chicago Theater Company commissioned Lolita de Lares from Cruz, who was a playwright-in-residence from 1991-1998.


MIGDALIA CRUZ is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator, & librettist of more than 50 works including: El Grito Del Bronx, Salt, & Frida, produced in venues such as BAM, Mabou Mines, National Theater of Greece, Houston Grand Opera, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, Teatro Vista, & CollaborAction. An alumna of New Dramatists, she was named the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright, & was nurtured by Sundance, the Lark, & by Maria Irene Fornés at INTAR. She is delighted to be back in Chicago, where she was a writer-in-residence at Latino Chicago Theater Company from 1990-1998, premiering several plays including: Miriam’s Flowers, Lucy Loves Me, Cigarettes & Moby-Dick, Fur, Lunes Lunatico, Che-Che-Che: a latin fugue in 5/8 time, and, of course Lolita de Lares, the first in a series of plays about Puerto Rican history that she hopes to complete one day. She is grateful to LCTC’s: Juan A. Ramirez, and the ensemble: Justina, Frankie, Nilda, Laurie, Michelle, Joel, Patrick, Gregorio Gomez, Laura, Ralph, Marisela, John, Andrew, Choco, Felipe, Meighan, Marilyn, Eddie, & all her other gifted collaborators, teachers, housemates, wranglers, & vejigantes who helped give her voice a place to grow. And now, she is blessed to have Lolita back again at the Urban Theater Company.  This is why plays are important. History. Pass it on.

2015:  FRIDA @ Michigan Opera Theatre; Yellow Eyes @ Visión Latino; Satyricoño @Latina/o Commons Carnaval at DePaul’s Theater School; Latins In La-La Land @College of Wooster; Dreams of Home, Chaskis Theatre (London).

2016:  Hooded Tears: E28H/OMPF BlackLivesMatter@OSF & Kennedy Center’s ACTF; Fur @Venus Theatre Company (D.C.) & Hero Theatre (L.A.); Walk On The Wild Side Madness @ NY Madness.

member_marcelaMarcela Muñoz (Director) is the Co-Artistic Director and Managing Director of Aguijón Theater where her directing credits include Yerma, The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding, Johnny Tenorio, Perversions, Even a Sparrow Leaves its Nest, Monday Falls on León Rodríguez, Antigone, The Passion According to Antígona Pérez, Querido Voyeur, Blowout and La Chunga among others; Kita y Fernanda for Teatro Luna; Ferdinand the Bull for the Goodman Theatre; and La Posada Mágica for Teatro Vista. Her many acting credits include regular roles with Aguijón and works with other Chicago companies such as Teatro Luna, Teatro Vista (ensemble member), Victory Gardens Theatre and Goodman Theatre. As an actress and director she has participated in international theatre festivals in Peru, Argentina and Colombia and also dedicates herself to theater/acting education and the bilingual translation (Spanish/English) of dramatic works. She is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf.

Frank Davila, Linsey Fall, Joseph Galizia, Mario Guzman, Hilary Jimenez, Tamika Nittel-Morales*, Elizabeth Nungaray, Andrew Neftalí Perez*, Carlos Garcia Servin, Tricia Rodriguez, Christian Valdivieso

Marcela Muñoz (Director); Antonio Bruno (Production Manager)*, Corina Dougherty (Stage Manager), Ashley Russell (Assistant Stage Manager), Liza Ann Acosta (Dramaturg)*; Ivan Vega (Producer)*

Antonio Bruno (Sound)*, Serena Sandoval* and Fredy Rocha* (Costumes), Michael Rathbun (Lighting), Michael Chancellor (Set), Kelsey Tuma (Props Design), Jasmin Cardenas (Movement Coach)

* denotes UrbanTheater Company member

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General Admission: $20
Students: 10 
Seniors: $12
Group rates available
60622 zip code for residents: $10

Box Office: (312) 767-UTC1; (312) 767-8821
Performance Venue: 2620 W. Division St., on the Paseo Boricua in the heart of Humboldt Park (newly renovated)
Performance Times:  7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays

Cafecito and Lolita
Post-show discussions moderated by Dr. Liza Ann Acosta
7/10, 7/17 & 7/24



$30 Puerto Rican Dinner + Show Package

Dinner. Theater. Community. 

#TeatroThursdays is an exclusive dinner/theater experience in Humboldt Park! In 2014, UrbanTheater Company introduced Teatro Thursdays in partnership with Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA) which features a $30 dinner/theater package at local restaurants in the Humboldt Park community in conjunction with our Thursday performances. During the run of Lolita de Lares theatergoers can enjoy three dinner options at La Bruquena Restaurant (2726 W. Division St.) prior/after the performance. Dinner package only valid for one the following Thursday performances: 6/30, 7/7, 7/14 & 7/21. Purchase tickets at: http://bit.ly/LolitaDeLares


For our Sunday performances of Lolita de Lares, UTC partnered with Nellie’s Restaurant to introduce Teatro Sundays Brunch N’ Play! Enjoy a delicious all-you-eat Puerto Rican brunch before our Sunday performances for only $30! Nellie’s is located at 2458 W. Division St.

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