UrbanTheater Company turns eight and announces 8th season

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UrbanTheater Company turns eight and announces 8th season to feature two Midwest Premiere’s: Candido Tirado’s First Class directed by Juan Castañeda and Desi Moreno-Penson’s Devil Land directed by Ivan Vega

Chicago, IL, (May 23, 2012) — UrbanTheater Company (UTC), under the leadership of Executive Director Ivan Vega, announces its 8th anniversary and 2013/2014 season. The company turns eight on May 25th. Its 8th season will feature the Midwest Premieres of Cándido Tirado’s play, First Class directed, by Juan Castañeda, featuring Ivan Vega and Hank Hilbert. Second up, will be Desi Moreno-Penson’s Devil Land, chosen from UTC’s R.A.W. (Real.Aggressive. Writing.) Series, which will be directed by Executive Director Ivan Vega.

Executive Director Ivan Vega said, “I’m proud to bring two Midwest Premieres, by two Puerto Rican playwrights to the culturally vibrant community of Humboldt Park. Our productions will thrive once again at Batey Urbano’s intimate storefront, where ‘Brainpeople’ by José Rivera was last produced. We have entered into an ongoing partnership with Batey Urbano, which will continue to make our work easily accessible to the community where UTC originated. Our priority this season will be excellent story telling by placing an even greater emphasis on direction and acting.

“Candido Tirado is someone I have wanted to work with ever since seeing his musical, Celia, cowritten by Carmen Rivera and his critically acclaimed Fish Men at the Goodman Theatre. First Class is an earlier work that introduced Tirado to the world, and we are thrilled to be reviving it here at UrbanTheater.

“Desi Moreno-Penson’s dark and haunting play ‘Devil Land’ was a chosen after being performed in a staged reading in our 1st annual R.A.W. (Real. Aggressive. Writing.) Series. Our goal with this series is to become acquainted with exciting new playwrights from around the country and to choose a play that will be produced in our upcoming season.”

The 2013/14 UrbanTheater Company Season:

First Class
By Cándido Tirado
Directed by Juan Castañeda
Featuring Ivan Vega and Hank Hilbert

Run Dates: Sep. 16, 2013 – Oct. 23, 2013

“Set on a bench in a traffic island in New York, gang territory, we meet two brothers. Apache: set on fighting to protect what’s there’s and Speedy: ready to leave it all behind. As tensions between the two grow, self discoveries lead them to understand that their chances of survival is reliant on one another. But will it be enough? ”

Devil Land
By Desi Moreno-Penson
Directed by Ivan Vega
Run Dates: Spring 2014

“A childless Latino couple kidnaps a young girl in order to build their own family…but the little girl has ideas of her own, and when her imaginary friend, The Grinch, comes to life to help her, the hapless couple ends up getting far more than they bargained for! A dark and gothic fairytale for the contemporary world. ”

About UrbanTheater Company:

From its inception, UrbanTheater Company (UTC) has produced, promoted and performed plays of under-represented playwrights of color, allowing theatre to thrive in communities appreciative of cultural inclusion and accessibility. UrbanTheater Company is committed to the creation and exploration of urban-inspired works that convey, illuminate and empathize with the human experience.

Celebrating its 8th Season, the Joseph Jefferson recommended and award-winning company has featured a myriad of critically acclaimed Chicago directors including Ron OJ Parson, Cecilie Keenan, Joel Moorman, Marti Lyons and Richard Perez. With 9 Midwest Premieres and one

World Premiere, UTC has provided tremendous opportunities for actors of color to perform in professional productions.

UTC, the professional theater in partnership with Batey Urbano, is located at 2620 W. Division St. in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. You can reach the UTC Box Office at 312-239-8783, or visit UTCs website at www.UrbanTheaterChicago.org.

For additional information on UTC, visit: www.facebook.com/UrbanTheater or www.twitter.com/UrbanTheater.


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