The Public Square at the IHC hosts a special performance of scenes from this highly-acclaimed new play in Humboldt Park.
CHICAGO – Join the Public Square at IHC, Teatro Luna, and the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center for a special evening featuring excerpts from MACHOS, Teatro Luna’s new play about contemporary masculinities performed by their all-Latina cast in drag. After the performance, Coya Paz ,director and developer of MACHOS, and Teatro Luna performers will engage the audience in a question and answer session.
Join us on Wednesday, December 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Café Teatro Batey Urbano (2620 W. Division St., Chicago). This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, please call 312.422.5580.
A world premiere production, MACHOS is an exploration of contemporary masculinities, focused on the question: “What are men really thinking?” The play was drawn from interviews with 50 men nationwide and explores the complexities of male experiences with humor, wit, and straightforwardness.It has been lauded by The Daily Herald as “an original, well-acted production that blends humor and realism while raising important questions,” and The Chicago Reader said “the performers’ physical embodiment of the characters makes them truly convincing, and the act of imagination it requires of them and us is healing.”
About Teatro Luna
Teatro Luna, Chicago’s first and only all-Latina theater, was founded in June 2000 by Coya Paz and Tanya Saracho, with an original ensemble of ten women from diverse Latina/Hispana backgrounds. The company came together because the stories and experiences of Latina/Hispana women were undervalued and underrepresented not only on the Chicago stage, but beyond. In addition to creating and presenting original ensemble work, Teatro Luna has nurtured new plays by emerging Latina/o writers.
ABOUT THE PUBLIC SQUARE AT THE IHC
The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations.
This program is part of the “Know More: Conversations That Matter” series. Art, issues, and dialogue—these are the key components to this exciting set of programs sponsored by The Public Square at the IHC. This series is a way to bridge the gap between the arts and social issues that are of current concern to Chicago’s Englewood and Humboldt Park communities. Performances and presentations by top artists and activists are a prelude to community-based discussions.
This series is made possible by a grant from The Joyce Foundation. More information about “Know More: Conversations That Matter” and The Public Square at the IHC is available at www.thepublicsquare.org.
The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and grants, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the IHC is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly; and by the NEH.
D A R E T O K N O W
# # #