Late Night Teatro Vista | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Nov. 19-20 2014
Price: $5-$20
Late Night Teatro Vista returns for the third year, celebrating the city's Latino theater scene with nearly a month of performances and staged readings featuring emerging artists and playwrights. One to look out for is Chicago-based actor/playwright Juan F. Villa, whose latest, Don Chipotle (Wed 11/19, 7 PM), pulls a little from Don Quixote and a lot from a childhood surrounded by violence and drugs on NYC's Lower East Side. Reader critic Tony Adler called Villa's earlier autobiographical work Empanada for Dream "incredibly well crafted yet terrifying in its rage," but this one promises to be "a magical adventure story, where, through the eyes and brave action of a child, the audience crosses the vast metropolis of Manhattan to see the world put to right." The next week Teatro Vista presents a staged reading of Two Diamonds (Mon 11/24, 7 PM), a new work by resident playwright Cándido Tirado, whose gritty drama First Class was praised by Reader contributor Suzanne Scanlon last year as offering "intense" physical and emotional journeys that "move expertly from comedy to agony." After that is Ike Holter, known for Hit the Wall, about the Stonewall riots, and Exit Strategy, set in a fictional Chicago public school. Here he'll offer two nights of Chicago-based short plays (Mon 12/1-Tue 12/2, 7 PM). LNTV hosts an evening of stories by local artistic directors the following week, all centered on the word "unfinished" (Mon 12/8, 7 PM). Storytellers include Jenny Avery of Next Theatre and Ron OJ Parson, cofounder of Onyx Theatre Ensemble and a resident artist at Court Theatre. Serving as bookends to the series are the kickoff event FirstDraft, a night of ten-minute plays by young writers (Mon 11/17, 7 PM), and Kristiana Colón and Damon Williams's Lack on Lack, a one-act play with music and spoken word (Wed 12/10, 7 PM). —Megan Thielking



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