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Adelante Interview – Must Close July 23!

Dennis Garcia, who plays Water talks about Richard Montoya’s Water & Power, directed by Richard Perez on his recent interview with WGN’s Adelante Chicago with Lourdes Durate.

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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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Special Event: Latin Standards – Two Nights Only in Chicago (June 2 & 3)!

UrbanTheater Company Presents
Marga Gomez’s

Written/Performed by Marga Gomez
Directed by David Schweizer

Two Nights Only in Chicago!

Friday, June 2
Saturday, June 3
$15 suggested donation
Proceeds to benefit UTC programming

2620 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622


In her 12th solo play “Latin Standards” Marga Gomez performs the loving, funny and true story of perseverance and creative addiction passed down from immigrant father to lesbian daughter. Mixing nostalgia, urgency and comic edge Gomez portrays herself as a driven adult child of a Cuban entertainer. Defying reason she attempts to produce a hipster comedy night at a struggling Latino drag queen club during San Francisco’s gentrification crisis. Between vivid portrayals of characters from 1960’s Manhattan to present day San Francisco, Gomez ponders the ballads (or Latin Standards) penned by her late father Willy Chevalier: a comedian/producer/entrepreneur and composer of dance tunes that revealed in jealousy and obsession. Latin Standards premiered at the Public Theater’s “Under The Radar Festival in 2017 and received a New York Times ‘critics pick’ for its “winning heart and humor.”

Marga Gomez is the GLAAD Award and LA Theater Ovation Award-winning writer/performer of 12 solo plays which have been presented at The Public Theater, La Mama ETC, Dixon Place, Highways, Bootleg Theater, nationally and internationally.

The SF Weekly named Gomez one of “2016’s Artists To Watch.” Huffpost named her an “Agent of Change” in 2015. She has been described as “deliciously cheeky and incendiary” by the New York Times. She was an original member of the Latino ensemble Culture Clash. Her acting credits include Off-Broadway and national productions of The Vagina Monologues with Rita Moreno and Vicki Lawrence and roles in HBO’s Tracey Takes On… and Warner Brothers film’s Batman Forever and Sphere. Gomez can be seen in season two of the Netflix series “Sense 8”

Marga Gomez also tours nationally as a stand-up comedian and is known for being one of the first openly lesbian performers in the business. She has appeared on LOGO’s One Night Stand Up, Showtime’s Latino Laugh Festival, Comedy Central’s Out There and HBO’s Comic Relief at the invitation of Robin Williams who called her “Amazing… a lesbian Lenny Bruce.” She has been a guest on leading comedy podcasts Marc Maron’s WTF, The Keith and The Girl Show and Kevin Allison’s Risk. She has been featured at numerous comedy festivals including SF Sketchfest, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, South Beach Comedy Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Marga also teaches solo performance in classes and online and is a tenured Artist-in-Residence at Brava Theater, San Francisco. Selections from Gomez’s work have been published in several anthologies including Extreme Exposure (TCG Books), HOWL (Crown Press), Out Loud & Laughing (Anchor Books), Contemporary Plays by American Women of Color (Routledge), When I Knew (Harper-Collins) and Out of Character (Bantam Books.) She was born in New York City to entertainers in the Latino community and currently resides in San Francisco. Her website is margagomez.com

Areyto – First Annual Barrio Legend Award

UrbanTheater Company and Mike Oquendo invite you to the first annual Areyto, Barrio Legend Award on Thursday, November 17 to honor Carmen Rivera, playwright of LA GRINGA for her contribution to the arts. The event will be hosted by Mike Oquendo (Mikey O Comedy Show) and Ivan Vega (UTC Executive Director).

$30 Ticket includes:
Vino, Coquito, Flan y Antojitos
Paranda by Too4G
Plus tickets to a performance on 11/20 or 11/27

Space is limited!

UrbanTheater Company Opens Its 11th Season with The Midwest Premiere of Carmen Rivera’s Obie Award-Winning Comedy, La Gringa

Press contact: Julia Borcherts

(773) 878-0722                                                



Kaye Publicity September 6, 2016


UrbanTheater Company and Mike Oquendo join forces to co-produce the English language version of the longest-running Spanish play in Off-Broadway history for its 20th anniversary

The Midwest premiere is directed by Teatro Luna founding ensemble member Miranda Gonzalez

Chicago, IL— UrbanTheater Company proudly announces the opening play in its 11th season, the Midwest premiere of La Gringa. This Obie Award-winning holiday comedy by Carmen Rivera has been running continuously Off-Broadway since 1996, making it the longest-running Spanish play in Off-Broadway history. For the play’s 20th anniversary, UrbanTheater Company will produce the English-language version. Miranda Gonzalez, a founding member of Chicago’s only all-Latina theater company, Teatro Luna, directs the production. Mikey O Comedy Productions founder Mike Oquendo will co-produce the show.

“La Gringa is the perfect play to kick off UrbanTheater Company’s eleventh season because it takes the audience on a search for personal and cultural identity, which connects to our mission and history of producing plays which explore and illustrate Latinx life,” says UrbanTheater Company executive director and founding member Ivan Vega. “We’re excited to partner with Mike Oquendo as our co-producer for this show. Mike is a friend and has always been an advocate for UrbanTheater. I respect Mike and his work and everything he does for Chicago and the Latinx community.”

“Since the late 1990s, Mike has been producing more than 80 comedy shows per year, in neighborhoods all over Chicagoland and around the country, which showcase primarily Latinx talent,” Vega continues. “With UrbanTheater Company moving into its second decade of bringing professional theater featuring Puerto Rican works and artists to Humboldt Park, this play is a great opportunity for us both to celebrate and strengthen our relationships with the community by being the first to bring this important–and very funny—play to Chicago and the Midwest.”

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