Local troupes are joined by national and international ensembles in this annual showcase of Latino theater, which runs 8/4-8/20. Coordinated by Henry Godinez, the fest features staged readings (all in English) and performances and discussions in both Spanish and English, as noted below. All events take place at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800. Following is the schedule through 8/10; a complete schedule is available at www.chicagoreader.com.


The Book of Titus and Other Latino Bible Stories

Writer-actor Luis Alfaro performs his new solo piece, inspired by the voices of Los Angeles’s Chicano community. Chay Yew, himself a noted playwright, directs this staged reading. a 8 PM, $10-$15.


El Grito del Bronx

Migdalia Cruz’s poetic drama, presented in association with Chicago’s Teatro Vista, concerns a bride who realizes she must confront her brother’s violent legacy in order to find her own happiness. Lisa Portes directs a staged reading. a 2 PM. F

Dark Play, or Stories for Boys

Carlos Murillo directs a staged reading of his own drama about two teenagers brought together by an Internet ad. a 5 PM. F

The Book of Titus and Other Latino Bible Stories

See listing for Friday 8/4. a 8 PM, $10-$15.


Quito Mitos

Solo artist Tanya Saracho portrays three Mexican-American women “caught between countries, languages and desires” in this program of interlocking monologues in English, directed by Coya Paz and presented in association with Chicago’s Teatro Luna. a 2 PM. F

Panel Discussion: New Latino Plays and Playwrights

Festival director Henry Godinez moderates a discussion in English by playwrights Luis Alfaro, Migdalia Cruz, Tanya Saracho, and Carlos Murillo about opportunities and challenges facing Latino writers. a 5 PM. F

The Crossing

Hugo Salcedo’s drama (performed in Raul Moncada’s English translation) recounts the true story of 18 Mexicans who were asphyxiated in an airtight boxcar while trying to cross illegally into the U.S. This staged reading, directed by Henry Godinez, will reunite cast members from the original 1991 production, which marked the debut of Teatro Vista. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion about the charged debate over immigration. a 7:30 PM. F



Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetic tragedy, directed by Marcela Munoz, is performed in Spanish by Chicago’s Aguijon Theater Company with the participation of the Luna Negra Dance Theater. a 7 PM, $10-$15.


R Las Mil y Una Noches (1001 Nights)

When the Comediants made their local debut in the 1988 International Theatre Festival of Chicago, the Spanish troupe was hailed by Reader critic Lawrence Bommer for its “rich theatricality” and “exuberant display of concentrated and communal make-believe.” Now the group is back after too long an absence, presenting the North American premiere of its adaptation of The Arabian Nights. This production, set in a demolished Baghdad library, juxtaposes the wonderful fantasy of the classic tales with the atrocities of destruction and fanaticism in present-day Iraq. Performed in Spanish with some English translations. a 7:30 PM, $15-$25.


R Las Mil y Una Noches (1001 Nights)

See listing for Wed 8/9. a 7:30 PM, $15-$25.