Join us at Carnaval 2015!

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The Steering Committee of the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC), in collaboration with HowlRound, a commons by and for people who make performance, Teatro Vista, and the Chicago Alliance of Latino Theater Artists (ALTA), is pleased to invite you to Carnaval 2015, a ground-breaking play festival showcasing exciting new works by twelve Latina/o Playwrights.

Carnaval 2015 will offer all attendees direct access to the plays and playwrights. Be amongst the first in the field to experience these twelve powerful writers whose voices represent the forward momentum and scope of the new Latina/o theatre   

Carnaval 2015 will champion cultural and aesthetic diversity. Be an integral part of the ongoing dialogue about the multi-faceted experience that is Latinidad in the twenty-first century. With playwrights and theatremakers representing the four regions of our country, Carnaval 2015 promises to be the theatrical event of the year.

Carnaval 2015 will also serve as the home of the 2015 LTC National Convening—a gathering for all theatremakers interested in furthering the conversation and action around promoting Latina/o theatre. All are invited to join the 3rd LTC National Convening and be an active force behind the production of plays by Latina/o playwrights in every theatre of the United States.

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The Theatre School at DePaul University's new facility at night. Photo by Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

This historic event will take place on July 23-25 at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. Admission to Carnaval 2015 is free but to attend, you must click here to RSVP no later than July 1, 2015. Please join us for three full days of readings, dialogues, panels and networking events celebrating and promoting Latina/o theatre! All are welcome! We hope to see you in Chicago!

Carnaval 2015 Selected Plays:

  • Parachute Men by Mando Alvarado (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Sweep by Georgina Escobar (New York, NY)
  • Perfectamente Loca/Perfectly Insane by Magdalena Gomez (Springfield, MA)
  • the living'life of the daughter mira by Matthew Paul Olmos (New York, NY)
  • Más by Milta Ortiz (Tucson, AZ)
  • Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodriguez (Detroit, MI)
  • Mother Road by Octavio Solis (San Francisco, CA)
  • Wolf at the Door by Marisela Treviño Orta (San Francisco, CA)

The following plays will be distributed to Carnavale 2015 attendees, and the playwrights will be honored during the event:

  • Satyricoño by Migdalia Cruz (New York, NY)
  • APPEAL - A New American Musical of Mexican Descent by Amparo Garcia Crow (Austin, TX)
  • Siempre Norteada: Always Late, Always Lost by Virginia Grise (New York, NY)
  • The Sweetheart Deal by Diane Rodriguez (Los Angeles, CA)

Carnaval 2015 is made possible by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and by The Joyce Foundation. Further support has been provided by The Ford Foundation, the National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, HowlRound, Emerson College, and DePaul University. Carnaval 2015 is produced in association with Teatro Vista and the Chicago Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists.

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The LTC operates as a collaborative initiative with HowlRound, a commons by and for people who make performance, housed at Emerson College. HowlRound, through Emerson College, acts as fiscal sponsor for the LTC, and provides infrastructure and mentorship to support our growth. In our actions, the LTC espouses the philosophical methods of HowlRound, and works to promote a commons-based approach to update the narrative of the American theatre through advocacy, artmaking, convening, and scholarship. Have a question? Contact LTC Producer Abigail Vega here.

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