Fade
Nov 4Dec 23, 2017
By Tanya Saracho

Synopsis

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). A Co-Production with Teatro Vista.

Video

Welcome to Tanyaland – an interview with Tanya Saracho

We had the privilege of speaking with Tanya Saracho last week about her experience writing Fade, the importance of a current Latinx narrative, and corsets!

Posted by Victory Gardens Theater on Friday, December 8, 2017

See What Audiences are Saying about Tanya Saracho's FADE!

Posted by Victory Gardens Theater on Monday, November 27, 2017

Live with Eddie Martinez and Sari Sanchez!

The acting duo from Tanya Saracho's FADE took a bit of time before today's rehearsal to talk about the show and take us on a tour of Regina Garcías amazing set.

Posted by Victory Gardens Theater on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Artists

Sandra Marquez, Director

Tanya Saracho, Pkaywright

Cast

Eddie Martinez* (Abel)

Sari Sanchez (Lucia)

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

Press

  • ★★★ “‘Fade’ is a fresh spin on the writer-in-Hollywood play”
    The Chicago Tribune, November 19, 2017
  • RECOMMENDED
    “In ‘Fade,’ an outsider sells her soul in a climb to the top”
    Chicago Sun-Times, November 13, 2017
  • “In Tanya Saracho’s Fade, it’s hard to say who’s oppressed”
    Chicago Reader, November 15, 2017
  • “Chicago writer explores Hollywood TV writers room as the ‘diversity hire’”
    Chicago Tribune, November 15, 2017
  • “Tanya Saracho’s ‘Fade’ Puts Mexican Americans at the Center”
    Footlights.com, October 27, 2017

Gallery

Public Programs

Post-Show Conversation
After every performance of Cambodian Rock Band (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.

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

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

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

In Partnership with Open TV
Post-Show Conversation | GET TICKETS*
December 3rd | Sunday
Show begins at 3:00 pm | Post-Show Conversation begins at 4:45 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.

* Tickets include the 3:00 performance of Fade and post-show conversation at 4:45

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!

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

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