DESTINOS, 5th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL LATINO THEATER FESTIVAL back in September
Destinos, 5th Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, the city of Chicago’s annual festival featuring Latin artists and theater companies from Chicago, the United States and Latin America, returns September 14 through October 16, 2022.
Destinos kicks off Chicago’s Hispanic Heritage Month with five weeks of Latino-centric shows, panels and student performances at downtown venues, neighborhood theaters and Chicago-area cultural institutions.
The full lineup for Destinos 2022 – 13 incredible productions including six world premieres, four US premieres and three Midwestern premieres – is set, and tickets for most productions are on sale at destinosfest.org.
Chicagoans and visitors alike are encouraged to buy their tickets now for dynamic new solo shows and large-scale productions on Chicago’s top stages in September and October, each celebrating the Latino experience.
Visit destinosfest.org to purchase tickets and for complete show information. Sign up for CLATA’s weekly email newsletter to be the first to know about festival happenings. Follow Destinos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all at @latinotheater.
Destinos is produced annually by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA), a transformative cultural engine that helps propel the city‘s local Latino theater community to a higher level, founded in 2016 by Myrna Salazar, the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA), the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA).
Chicagoans are still stunned by the recent loss of visionary CLATA leader Myrna Salazar, who passed away suddenly on August 3.
“CLATA’s success would not have been possible without a visionary at the helm, someone with the tenacity and passion to take Chicago’s Latino theater community to a level that had not yet been imagined,” wrote CLATA staff in a program note dedicating this year Destinos to his memory. “Now, in her honor, CLATA is tasked with ensuring that her legacy continues with the same unbridled zeal that Myrna brought to her beloved organization, the Destinos Festival, and to her daily life.”
Highlights of the 2022 festival include three productions from outside Mexico and Puerto Rico:
The world premiere of La Pájara de San Juan, a Trump-era drama about two sisters, one documented, the other not, on a fateful night in Chicago, featuring Mexican TV stars María del Carmen Félix and Mariannela Cataño. It is written by Victor Salinas and Sergio Gezzi, and co-presented by CLATA and the National Museum of Mexican Art, September 14-17. Opening Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The Midwest premiere of Pequeños Territorios en Reconstrucción, a documentary fable about a group of Colombian women who created the “League of Displaced Women” and built 98 houses with their own hands, from Mexico City’s Teatro Línea de Sombra, co-presented by CLATA and Goodman Theater in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, September 21-25. Opening Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m.
The American premiere of Blanco Temblor by the Teatro Público de Puerto Rico. This is a mental health comedy-drama told through the story of Marina del Mar, doctor in quantum astrophysics, Puerto Rican, bipolar, suicide, suffering from a birth defect: she couldn’t shake. Performances will take place from September 29 to October 2 at the Den Theater in Wicker Park. Opening Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m.
Want new plays by Latino writers? Destinos will see a variety of new work from Chicago’s top Latino companies and artists, including:
Colectivo El Pozo’s Las Migas, a world premiere drama set on the rooftop of a Chicago skyscraper as a strange red moon disrupts city life below, premiering at the Chess Live Theater in Bridgeport , from September 15 to October 2. Opens Thursday, September 15 at 8 p.m.
The American premiere of Bruna la Bruja Bruta by Mexican playwright Tomás Urtusástegui, with Teatro Tariakuri artistic director Karla Galván as a modern-day Latina bruja who steals from the window of her Marquette Park theater to get rid of some business before Halloween. Performances take place on Saturdays and Sundays from September 17 to October 16. Opening Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m.
The American debut of Tebas Land by Uruguayan playwright Sergio Blanco, inspired by the Oedipus myth, about a series of encounters on a prison basketball court between a playwright and a young parricide (a person who kills a parent or loved one), presented by CLATA with the National Museum of Mexican Art, at Chicago Dramatists, September 22-October 9. Opening Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The world premiere of Enough to Let the Light In, produced by Teatro Vista and co-presented with the Steppenwolf Theater Company. The playwright is Paloma Nozicka, a Mexican-American, Chicago-raised, Los Angeles-based actress, writer, director, and filmmaker. Her latest work introduces us to girlfriends Marc and Cynthia, who spend a night celebrating a milestone, but it quickly escalates into chaos. as buried secrets are revealed and lives are irrevocably changed. Performances will take place September 21 through October 23 at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater. Opening Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m.
Alma, a world premiere from American Blues Theater about a single mother who single-handedly raised her daughter on tough love, homemade comedy and lots of prayer. But on the eve of her daughter’s SAT, she is nowhere to be found. Alma, written by Benjamin Benne, winner of the 2019 National Latinx Playwriting Award, runs from September 22 to October 22 at the Rivendell Theater Ensemble. Opening Wednesday and Thursday September 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Poet, actor, singer and Latino favorite Flaco Navaja stars in his first full solo show Evolution of a Sonero, a Midwest first from UrbanTheater Company. With an undying love for the Bronx, a knack for creating memorable characters, and genuine good humor, Navaja and five top-notch musicians bring the essential charm, rhythm, and soul to a Bronx Sonero. Don’t miss this new salsa epic about growing up, getting inspired and staying on track. Performances take place from September 29 to October 23. Opening Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m.
The world premiere of BULL: A Love Story by Chicago playwright Nancy García Loza, about a Mexican-American ex-con who returns to his old Chicago neighborhood of Lakeview to find out all that happened. passed without him. BULL: A Love Story is a Paramount Theater BOLD series production, running October 5 through November 20 at the new Copley Theater in downtown Aurora, Illinois’ second-largest city with a 40% population. latin. BULL also marks Destinos’ first-ever expansion into a Chicago suburb. Opening Wednesday and Thursday October 12 and 13 at 7 p.m.
The midwestern premiere of Sancocho by Visión Latino Theater Company, written by Christin Eve Cato, directed by Xavier M. Custodio. The play tells the story of two sisters, 25 years apart, who come together to discuss their father’s will while preparing a traditional sancocho stew that suddenly becomes peppered with revelations about their family history. Performances will take place October 8-30 at the Windy City Playhouse. Opening Monday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
The U.S. premiere of Cintas de seda at the Aguijón Theater in the Belmont-Cragin/Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago. Set on the eve of Day of the Dead, this play by Norge Espinosa imagines a painter and a nun coming together for an impossible dialogue with ghosts, hallucinations and images of the past, from October 13 to November 20. Plays Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m.
The world premiere of Ricardo Gamboa’s The Wizards, a supernatural thriller about a brown and black couple who find a Quija board in their new Pilsen apartment that connects them to a 70s Mexican-American Motown cover band. The Wizards, co-produced by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance at the historic APO Cultural Center in Pilsen, runs from October 14 to November 26.
About Destinos, 5th Chicago International Latin Theater Festival
Now entering its fifth year, Destinos is the flagship program of the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA), a transformative cultural engine that helps propel the city’s local Latino theater community to a higher level. The organization’s goal is to create the nation’s premier international Latin theater festival with an emphasis on showcasing Chicago’s Latin theater artists and companies.
Guest companies making their Festival Destinos debuts include Teatro Línea de Sombra (Mexico), Teatro Público (Puerto Rico) and La Pájara de San Juan (Mexico/Washington DC). The participating Chicago Latino theaters are Aguijón Theatre, Colectivo El Pozo, Concrete Content, Teatro Tariakuri, Teatro Vista, UrbanTheater Company and Visión Latino Theater Company. Presenting partners are the Goodman Theatre, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Steppenwolf Theatre. Collaborating partners are American Blues Theater and Paramount Theater. Venue partners are APO Cultural Center, Chess Live Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Den Theatre, Rivendell Theater Ensemble and Windy City Playhouse.
CLATA, which produces Destinos, was founded in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by Myrna Salazar and Chicago’s three largest Latin arts organizations: the National Museum of Mexican Art ( NMMA), the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA).
“In Spanish, the word ‘destinos’ has several meanings: fates, destinations or destiny,” explained the late CLATA Executive Director, Myrna Salazar, who died suddenly last August and to whom the 2022 festival is dedicated. “Destinos features Latino theater artists from Chicago, the United States, and Latin America to present engaging and thought-provoking stories that transcend borders, amplify Latino voices, and diversify Chicago’s stages to encourage cross-cultural conversation.”
Additionally, CLATA continues to provide local groups with ongoing organizational, marketing, and financial support, and works diligently to create a permanent home for Latino theater artists in Chicago. Ultimately, CLATA strives to underscore Chicago’s reputation as one of the most exciting and culturally diverse theater cities in the world.
To learn more, visit destinosfest.org or call (312) 631-3112.