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The Goodman Theatre's Latino Theatre Festival 08 starts its final week with professional actors reading winning plays from The 10-Minute Play Competition--a contest for writers aged 12 to 23, working in Spanish or English, that addressed "what it’s like to be both a Latino/a and an American." Mon 8/18, 7:30 PM, free.
The fest continues with performances by two local professional groups: Aguijon Theater Company and Luna Negra Dance Theatre. Aguijon's Hasta los gorriones dejan su nido, written by Raul Dorantes and directed by Marcela Munoz, is a Spanish-language adaptation of Tennessee Williams's The Strangest Kind of Romance. Williams's Depression-era portrait of a transient laborer has been updated to reflect the situation of contemporary undocumented migrant workers. Tue 8/19, 7:30 PM, $15. Luna Negra's Antojito (Sampling of New Works) features a new piece by emerging Mexican choreographer Francisco Avina, Eduardo Vilaro's Deshar Alhat (Leave Sunday), and excerpts from the great Jose Limon's There Is a Time. Wed 8/20, 7:30 PM, $15.
And Barcelona-based dancer/choreographer Marta Carrasco opens the four-day run of J'arrive...!--a sampler of her work over the last ten years. Thu 8/21 and Sun 8/24 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8/22-23, 8 PM. $25.