Water & Power – Midwest Premiere

Written by Richard Montoya
Directed by Richard Perez

A gripping drama about ambitious Mexi-Rican twins from Humboldt Park who fight for their people and ultimately their very lives. 

June 20-July 23, 2017
July 22 is a benefit performance

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Water & Power is the winner of the 2006 Ted Schmitt Award presented by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for the world premiere of an outstanding new play.

Water & Power is modern noir. What emerges from the long shadows of a rainy night is as mysterious as what will never see the light of day. Who is the Power behind the Power? How does Water flow in Chicago? Who controls the streets, cops, gangs or gangsters in suits and ties? Nothing is concrete in Chicago, except The Loop, and more funerals for young Black Men…

“Originally performed by the award-winning Chicano/Latino performance troupe Culture Clash at the Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in July 2006 under the direction of Lisa Peterson.”

“Admirers of the group’s unique blend of Chicano-inflected, spoken-word-erupting performance art needn’t worry that they’ve lost sight of their signature gifts. “Water & Power” daringly tries to bundle these elements into a theatrical experience that veers inevitably toward tragedy.” – The Los Angeles Times

Richard Montoya (Playwright) is a founding member of the historic performance trio Culture Clash. Born in San Diego, California, Richard was influenced by his family’s involvement in matters of civil rights to pursue a career in political and social activism, and chose to accomplish these goals through writing original works and acting in plays and films concerned with matters of culture, racism, and Latino identity in the United States. His plays have been produced by Arizona Theater Company, Yale Rep, Campo Santo, Goodman Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Arena Stage, among many others. He made his feature filmmaking debut as a director with a big screen, Edward James Olmos-produced adaptation of Water & Power starring Enrique Murciano and Clancy Brown. Montoya’s second film, the documentary Carlos in Wonderland, about the legendary Chicano painter Carlos Almaraz, and co-directed with Elsa Flores Almaraz, is currently in post-production.

Richard Pérez (Director) is an award-winning actor, director, and educator. He is the recipient of the Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations/Future Leaders Fellowship, which took him to Chicago Dramatists as its first Associate Artistic Director in 2009. Prior to that, he was the Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project in Indiana for seven seasons. In that time he oversaw the production of over thirty new plays, with at least sixteen of those being world premieres. His directing credits include Roustabout, Miss Julie, Urinetown, All My Sons, True West, Hurly Burly, The Mercy Swing (New York Fringe Festival) and Nocturnal (part of the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival). Chicago credits include Fucking A for UTC and Invasion of Skokie for Chicago Dramatists. As an actor, he has appeared as Councilman Ortiz on Boss, with Kelsey Grammer, as well as roles on Chicago Fire and Chicago Med.


Mike Cherry (The Fixer), Juan Delgado (Asuncion García/Ministro/Vendor), Dennis García (Water), Gabriel Elias González (Deer Dancer/Gibby/Gabby), Andrew Neftalí Pérez (Notre/Sur), Ivan Vega (Power) 


Liza Ann Acosta (Dramaturg), Antonio Bruno (Co-Producer/Production Manager), Sara Carranza (House Manager/Props), Kelsey Cox (Costume Design), Meghan Erxleben (Lighting Design), Karolyn M. Gil (Box Office), Brandon Gomez (Box Office), Miranda González (Artistic Director/Co-Producer), Caswell James (Set Design), Perry Landes (Sound Design), Jacqueline Marschke (Stage Manager/Co-Production Manager), Richard Perez (Director), Fredy Rocha (Costume Designer)

Water & Power Digital Program

Suggestion Donation: $20

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

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