Cutting Edge Ensemble Will Present Midwest Premiere of José Rivera’s Sonnets for an Old Century

(Chicago): UrbanTheater Company (UTC) celebrates its designation by Steppenwolf Theatre
Company as one of three of Chicago’s innovative, young companies to comprise Steppenwolf’s
second annual Garage Rep. In rotating repertory alongside Sideshow Theatre Company
and The Strange Tree Group, UTC will perform its offering, José Rivera’s Sonnets for on
Old Century
, between February 16 and April 24, 2011 at Steppenwolf’s Merle Reskin Garage
Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted.

According to Polly Carl, Steppenwolf’s Director of Artistic Development, These are
three companies with wildly different aesthetics, but who all bring an irresistible energy to
their work. These are the kind of companies and artists who we know we can learn from.

Carl defines Garage Rep as an opportunity for a dialogue between our respective companies and
our audiences in hopes that we can build a fully multigenerational theater for the 21st century.
Support for Garage Rep comes through the Leading for the Future Initiative, a program of the
Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

We are intensely proud of this recognition of our work as an important new voice and we are
thrilled to be brought into Steppenwolf’s visiting Theatre Initiative program, said Ivan Vega,
UTC’s Executive Director. Since 2005 UTC has been committed to the creation and exploration
of urban-inspired works that convey, illuminate and empathize with the human experience.
Our motto, FROM the STREETS to the STAGE, has been actualized through challenging
productions from Miguel Pinero’s Short Eyes and Eulogy for a Small Time Thief‘ to Reinaldo
Povod’s Cuba and His Teddy Bear.

For Garage Rep 2011, UTC has chosen to present the Midwest debut of Sonnets for and Old
. This haunting and lyrical work by Obie-winning, Academy Award-nominated
playwright Jose Rivera probes, What would you say about the life you’ve lived in a waiting
room for the Afterlife, 18 ordinary souls en route to their final resting place are given one last
chance to share with the universe their parting thoughts. Part poetry, part magical realism, this
dreamscape play offers profound insights and revelations.

Madrid St. Angelo (Chicago director and a Jeff-nominated actor for Passage to India), in
collaboration with Juan Castaneda and Ivan Vega, will direct. Set design is by Jorge Felix (After
Dark Award winner for Eulogy for a Small Time Thief). Performers include UTC founding
members Vega, St. Angelo and Marilyn Camacho.

Garage Rep ticket prices and sales information will be announced at a later date.

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