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Season 14

Written by
Miranda gonzalez

Directed by
raquel torre

OCT 10 – NOV 2, 2019


1st row: Christian D. Wilson, Sofia Tew, Isaly Viana 2nd row: Omar Fernández, Adriel Irizarry, Matty Robinson 3rd row: Gabriela Castillo, Mateo Hernández, Jermaine Robinson, Jr. 4th row: Brittany Harlin, Nathaniel Andrew, Angelíca Grace
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Nathaniel Andrew –  Shane Ruiz
Gabriela Castillo –  Chalie Ríos
Omar Fernández –  Frankie Díaz/DJ Personas
Angelíca Grace – Alma Coutee
Brittany Harlin – Evelyn “Evie” Martin 
Mateo Hernández–  José “Gringo” Echevarría
Adriel Irizarry – Leach Solís
Matty Robinson –  Carlos Smith
Jermaine Robinson, Jr. –  Troy Clark
Sofia Tew – Gladys “Miss Chicago” Rodríguez
Isaly Viana –  Beatriz “Miss B” Soto
Christian D. Wilson – Anthony Lamboy


Sarah Albrecht  – Costume Designer
Breon Arzell – Choreographer
Meagan BeattieCostume Designer Apprentice
Antonio Bruno– Company Manager/Co-Producer
Miranda González* – Playwright/Artistic Director
Michelle Housh –  Stage Manager
Jenna Meyers – Production Manager
Tyler King – Asst. Projections Designer 
Steve Labedz – Sound Designer
Elena Magdalena –  Graphic Designer
Harrison Ornelas – Scenic Designer
Liviu PasareProjections Designer 
Adelina Feldman-Schultz  – Casting Director
Raquel TorreDirector
Ivan Vega* – Executive Director/Producer
Levi Wilkins – Lighting Design
Mara Ishihara Zinky  –  Properties Designer 


An 80’s House Music Dancesical

Adapted from José “Gringo” Echevarria’s Book, The Real Dance Fever

Set in the height of Chicago’s street dancing and battle era of the 1980’s. When juice-bars ruled the underage club-scene and DJ’s created a movement. This house music immersive dancesical follows the three northside dance crew the ALLSTARS and frenemies, the CULITOS and IMPORTED TASTE as they struggle, soar, and move through life making their own families and redefining for themselves gender norms within a community not yet ready for change.


Previews: October 8 & 9, 2019 at 8PM
Press Opening: October 10, 2019 at 8PM
Opening Night: October 11, 2019 at 8PM

Performances: October 8 – November 2, 2019
Thurs-Sat at 8PM & Sun at 3PM
Industry Night October 21 at 8PM
Location – UrbanTheater Company, 2620 W Division St, 60622—Map

CONTENT WARNING: This production is fully immersive. It may contain triggering or sensitive material. Adult humor and content, theatrical haze and gunshot sound effects are used to tell the story of this play.


about the writer & director

Miranda González

Miranda González


Miranda Gonzalez is the Artistic Director of UrbanTheater Company. She also was a founding ensemble member of Chicago’s Only All Latina Theater company Teatro Luna and has devised and developed plays since 2000. After performing as an actress for 10 years she decided to turn her artistic endeavors towards directing. Previous directing and development credits include: Ashes of Light, La Gringa, GL 2010, Of Princes and Princesas at the 2010 Goodman Latino Theatre Festival; 10×10 Festival, Lullaby, The North/South Plays workshop at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; Crossed, Crime Scene Chicago with Collaboraction; and Melissa DuPrey’s Sushi-Frito at Free Street Theater.

Raquel Torre

Raquel Torre


Raquel Torre is a creator/performer from Puerto Rico with a background in movement, clown, circus, and theatre. Since moving to Chicago in 2016, she’s collaborated with UrbanTheater Company, Opera-Matic, and Barrel of Monkeys. In 2013, she co-founded La Vuelta Ensemble (formerly Circo La Vuelta), a minority-led ensemble with a focus on high physicality and delightful absurdity. Raquel holds a BA in theatre from the Universidad de Sagrado Corazón (Puerto Rico), a certificate in Devised and Movement Theatre from Cabuia Teatro (Argentina), and an MFA in Devised Performance Practice from Columbia College Chicago (Berlin/Chicago).



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