Fade

FADE

November 4 – December 23, 2017
By Victory Gardens Theater Ensemble Playwright Tanya Saracho
Directed by Teatro Vista Ensemble Member Sandra Marquez
A Co-Production with Teatro Vista
In association with CLATA

In this witty behind-the-scenes drama, Mexican-born Lucia is hired to write for a ruthless Hollywood TV series. She soon discovers that the Mexican American custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers leading to unexpected consequences. Fade, directed by Sandra Marquez, is an acclaimed new play from Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, Girls) whose writing “lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama” (Chicago Tribune).


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Tanya Saracho was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright and Television Writer who’s worked on How To Get Away With Murder, HBO’s Looking, Girls, and Devious Maids. Named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine in 2010, Saracho has had plays produced at: Primary Stages in NYC, 2nd Stage in NYC, Denver Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino “Luminarios” by Café magazine and given the first “Revolucionario” Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. She is the founder of Teatro Luna (the first all-Latina Theatre Company in the nation) as well as the founder of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists). She is currently in development with STARZ and Big Beach Films and under commission with:  South Coast Repertory Theatre and Two Rivers Theatre. Tanya is a proud SAG/AFTRA actor.

Sandra MarquezSandra Marquez is an educator, actor, and director who has worked at many theaters in Chicago and beyond including The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Victory Gardens, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Madison Repertory, Second Stage Theater in New York and the Getty Villa in CA. She is a longtime and proud member of Teatro Vista where she received a Jeff Award for her performance in A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller, and in 2016 she was thrilled to join the esteemed Steppenwolf Theater Company ensemble. Her film and TV credits include Chicago Med, Chicago Justice and Boss. She enjoys teaching and mentoring young people at Northwestern University where she is on the acting faculty.


Eddie MartinezEddie Martinez* is an ensemble member of Teatro Vista in Chicago where he has been seen in Parachute Men and In the Time of the Butterflies among others. Select credits include: Fade (Denver Center, Cherry Lane, and TheaterWorks); Big Lake Big City, Cascabel (Lookinglass Theater); Our Lady of 121st Street (Steppenwolf); and Romeo y Julieta (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Film/TV credits include: Sense8 (Netflix), Sirens (USA Network), Chicago Fire (NBC) and The Dilemma (Ron Howard). Eddie studied at Columbia College in Chicago.

Sari SanchezSari Sanchez: In The Time Of The Butterflies (Teatro Vista), End Days (Windy City Playhouse), Tamer of Horses (Teatro Vista). Film & TV: Signature Move, The Importance of Doubting Tom, Kill Game, The Exorcist, Empire (Fox), Sirens (USA Network), and Chicago Fire (NBC). Sari studied at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.


* Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Those designers and scenic artists identified by USA are members of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local 829, AFL-CIO


Production Team

Hannah Tova Wolff, Assistant Director
Regina Garcia, Set Design
Christine Pascual, Costume Design
Jesse Klug, Lighting Design
Victoria Deiorio, Sound Design
Alyssa Kerr, Assistant Sound Designer
Mealah Heidenreich and Alec Long, Props Designers
Isaac Gomez, Dramaturg
Michael J. Hengels, Wardrobe / Production Assistant
Aaron Shapiro, Production Manager
Peter Rademacher, Technical Director
Tom Albright, Master Electrician
Tina M. Jach*, Production Stage Manager

Public Programs is an event series designed to enhance your experience by exploring themes and issues within Victory Gardens’ productions. Connecting our theater to the world beyond the stage and rehearsal room, Public Programs bridge ideas, provoke dialogue, and deepen the relationship between our audiences and our productions.

Public Programs are free and open to the public and do not require an RSVP. Come to one or come to all. We’d love to have you!


Afterwords

Post-Show Conversation
After every performance of Fade (unless otherwise noted)

Join us for one of our intimate post-show conversations led by members from the Victory Gardens community, reflect on what you’ve seen, and share your response.


Pass/Fail?Pass/Fail?

Post-Show Town Hall | GET TICKETS*
November 7 | Tuesday
Show begins at 7:30 pm | Town Hall begins at 9:30 pm

In Fade, Lucia is white-passing: she is Mexican, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. Many people hold identities that lie underneath the surface in race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability. Still others wear their identities more conspicuously on the outside. Join us after tonight’s performance of Fade for a riveting town hall conversation challenging assumptions and breaking open the concept of passing.

* Tickets include the 7:30 performance of Fade and Pass/Fail? Town Hall at 9:30


Yes She CanCollege Night: Yes She Can

Free Post-Show Performance | GET TICKETS*
November 16 | Thursday
Show begins at 7:30 pm | Post-Show Performance begins at 9:30 pm

Women made up just 29% of TV’s screenwriters and just 20% of Broadway’s playwrights last year, and Latina women are scarcely recognized in the fields. As screenwriter and Fade playwright Tanya Saracho proves, it’s not for lack of skill! And we’ve found plenty of young Latina talent in our own city. Join us for a pre-show celebration in the lobby with free drinks and pizza. Then, stick around after tonight’s performance of Fade for free post-show scenes written by collegiate Latinas and directed and performed by their peers from Chicago area universities.

* Tickets include the 7:30 performance of Fade and post-show performance at 9:30


Shades of FadeShades of Fade

Free Post-Show Performance | GET TICKETS*
December 1 | Friday
Show begins at 7:30 pm | Post-Show Performance begins at 9:30 pm

For a hilarious play about a woman screenwriter, Fade holds a great deal of mystery as a title. What lies beneath the surface? Join dynamic Latinx spoken word poets from across Chicago for a free pre-show performance as they respond to the word FADE and what it means for them in their lives and in their work.

* Tickets include the 7:30 performance of Fade and post-show performance at 9:30


As Seen on TVAs Seen on TV

In Partnership with Open TV
Post-Show Conversation | GET TICKETS*
December 3rd | Sunday
Show begins at 3:00 pm | Post-Show Conversation begins at 6:30 pm

Ever wonder what it takes to write and produce your own television show? Learn more about writing, producing, and distributing your televison and participate in a Q &A with an industry expert. Join us for a late afternoon look at how artists can get their hustle on and stay for some free food.

Open TV

* Tickets include the 3:00 performance of Fade and post-show conversation at 6:30


Noche VictoriaNoche Victoria

In Partnership with Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Post-Show Performance & Celebration | GET TICKETS*
December 8 | Friday
Show begins at 7:30 pm | Post-Show Performance & Celebration begins at 9:30 pm

Join us for an epic evening of  performances showcasing the breadth of Chicago’s Latinx performance and storytelling 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!

Raised in Chicago

* Tickets include the 7:30 performance of Fade and post-show performance and celebration at 9:30

Eddie Martinez, Sari Sanchez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Eddie Martinez, Sari Sanchez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Eddie Martinez, Sari Sanchez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Eddie Martinez, Sari Sanchez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Eddie Martinez, Sari Sanchez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Eddie Martinez, Sari Sanchez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Eddie Martinez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Eddie Martinez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Sari Sanchez, Eddie Martinez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Sari Sanchez, Eddie Martinez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Sari Sanchez, Eddie Martinez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Sari Sanchez, Eddie Martinez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Sari Sanchez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Sari Sanchez. Photo by Liz Lauren