YO SOY: I AM

Latinx Performance Celebration
June 2-4, 2017

Join us for an epic weekend of performance, conversation, and celebration as we welcome local and national Latinx artists as they share their work and tell their stories.

Join us for the whole weekend for just $25!

The “Yo Soy” Weekend Package gives you (1) ticket for Native Gardens, Where Did We Sit on the Bus? and St. Jude to be used June 2-4, 2017 during the LatinX Artist Celebration happening at Victory Gardens Theater. Select the number of packages below:


FRIDAY, JUNE 2

A CONVERSATION WITH KAREN ZACARIAS
Post-Show Conversation | Following the evening performance of NATIVE GARDENS
Between developing the idea to opening night, there is a lot that goes into the making of a brand new play. Join playwright Karen Zacarias and Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez as we talk inspiration, determination, and process after this evening’s performance of NATIVE GARDENS.


SATURDAY, JUNE 3

A CONVERSATION WITH MARGA GOMEZ & LUIS ALFARO
12:00pm | Pre-Show Conversation
The art of solo performance is an intimate one. Often based on personal experiences, it’s a tender moment between the artist and the audience. Join us for this intimate one-on-one conversation between solo performers Luis Alfaro & Marga Gomez as we uncover truths of solo performance and push the boundaries of what it means to be an artist.

WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?
3:00pm performance
Written & Performed by Brian Quijada
Directed by Chay Yew
Where Did We Sit on the Bus? is an electric one-man show pulsing with Latin rhythms, rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and live looping. During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask, “Where did we sit on the bus?” and his teacher can’t answer the question. This thrilling autobiographical production from Jeff Award-winner Brian Quijada examines what it means to be Latino through the eyes of a child, turned teenager, turned adult.

CAFECITOS CON CHISME
6:00pm | Pre-Show Coffee & Mingling
Talk shop and share resources with Latinx playwrights at this pre-show networking event. Stick around for an evening performance of Karen Zacarias’ Native Gardens or Luis Alfaro’s St. Jude.

ST. JUDE
7:30pm performance
Written & Performed by Luis Alfaro
Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater Playwrights Ensemble member Luis Alfaro (Mojada, Oedipus el Rey) returns to Chicago to perform his emotionally charged solo work. St. Jude takes us on a personal and powerful journey with Luis as he learns of his father’s stroke and is summoned home to the California Central Valley of his childhood.

NATIVE GARDENS
7:30pm performance
Written by Karen Zacarias
Directed by Marti Lyons
When Pablo and Tania decide to upgrade the eyesore chain link fence in their backyard, neighbors Virginia and Frank couldn’t be happier. Happy until they think their new neighbors are taking more than they deserve. A disagreement over a property line quickly spirals into a war of taste, class and entitlement in Native Gardens, a hilarious comedy by Karen Zacarias and directed by Marti Lyons.

NOCHE VICTORIA
Post-Show Performance & Celebration
Following the evening performance of ST. JUDE
Join us for an epic Latinx salonesque evening of performances showcasing the breadth of Chicago’s Latinx theater talent. This late night celebration and party will have free food, compliments of Fiesta Mexicana, and delicious discounted beverages. Cabaret-style include stand-up, performance art, music, dancing, theater, and more!


SUNDAY, JUNE 4

ST. JUDE
3:00pm performance
Written & Performed by Luis Alfaro

Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater Playwrights Ensemble member Luis Alfaro (Mojada, Oedipus el Rey) returns to Chicago to perform his emotionally charged solo work. St. Jude takes us on a personal and powerful journey with Luis as he learns of his father’s stroke and is summoned home to the California Central Valley of his childhood.

NATIVE GARDENS
3:00pm performance
Written by Karen Zacarias
Directed by Marti Lyons
When Pablo and Tania decide to upgrade the eyesore chain link fence in their backyard, neighbors Virginia and Frank couldn’t be happier. Happy until they think their new neighbors are taking more than they deserve. A disagreement over a property line quickly spirals into a war of taste, class and entitlement in Native Gardens, a hilarious comedy by Karen Zacarias and directed by Marti Lyons.

VIVA LA VIDA
Post-Show Closing Celebration
Celebrate the culmination of Yo Soy // Solo Yo with post-show treats and drinks as we raise a glass to the storytellers of today.