Latino theater festival opens this weekend


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The Goodman's fourth biennial Latino Theatre Festival opens this weekend with an adaptation of Lorca's Blood Wedding. The 1933 Spanish drama about a tragic love triangle has been reset in Veracruz, Mexico, by Mexican-born, Chicago-based writer-composer-performer-director Laura Crotte in her new music-theater spectacle Al son que me toques, Lorca, which features a 25-person ensemble. The Friday show (at 7:30) is followed by free live music in the Goodman lobby); also 8 PM Sat, and 3 and 7 PM Sun; tickets are $15.

The festival's opening weekend also includes the final performances of the Chicago Children's Theatre's production Esperanza Rising. Directed by Latino Fest curator Henry Godinez, it tells of a wealthy Mexican girl whose family flees to California, where they're forced to work in a migrant labor camp. It's showing at 11 AM and 3 PM Sat 8/9 and 10:30 AM Sun 8/10; tickets run $20-$38.

The festival continues through 8/24 with performances by Chicago's Teatro Vista, Aguijon Theatre Company, Albany Park Theatre Project, and Luna Negra Dance Theater as well as visiting artists, including the California-based Culture Clash and Spanish performance artist Marta Carrasco.


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