We have been getting some great media buzz around our production of Reprise at Adventure Stage. A great story that will be performed at Adventure Stage and then heading off to Scotland in October as part of the National Theatre's Home Away Festival.
September 16 – 17, 2016
An old man returns a violin to Northwestern Settlement. Ms. Harriet Vittum lent it to him 80 years earlier, with the promise that he bring it back when he was done. With original music and lyrics inspired by Chicago’s cultural traditions, Reprise follows an immigrant story as we discover what he did with the instrument all those years, how he knew he was finished, and what it meant to keep his promise. The only U.S. company commissioned to participate in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Home/Away Festival, ASC will tell the story of this decades-long community connection during a limited 2-show engagement.
Learn more: https://adventurestage.org/current-season/homeaway-festival-project/
This year I will be leading a project for the TAD Alumni Lab. Sparked by the Spring 2015 Convening, my proposal was accepted to address needs and interests identified at this gathering.
TAD Alumni Connect
Project Description: TAD Alumni Connect will deepen our connections with other TAD Alumni through discovery and play. Alumni Connect will host themed events filled with food, fun, and collaboration to share and explore the wealth of our varied multidisciplinary backgrounds.
Alumni Lab Leaders: Sindy Castro and Gwen Terry
I have recently been working with a wonderful group of artists on this incredibly important work of theatre. Exploring stories of victims and survivors of sexual assault and using theatre as a medium to bring about conversation and change. Directed by Alyssa Vera Ramos and Cathy Musket.
THE SCARLET "S" is a theatre piece and extended community project about the intersection of sexuality, shame, and consent -- or lack thereof -- in our world of bitch cups and dick pics.
It's about how we brand young women with SHAME -- for being sexual, for "transgressing," for presuming their bodies and choices will be respected and safe.
It is about "slut". It is about rape. It is about alcohol. It is about suicide. It is about "shouldn't."
It is about Rehtaeh Parsons, Daisy Coleman, Audrie Pott, and Jane Doe of Stuebenville.
As artists, community members, & activists we must ask: What now?
Excited to be a part of the 2014 TAD Studio Cohort this Spring! Can't wait!
2014 TAD Studio Cohort:
Katherine Banks McBride
Laura Christman Rosenberg
Max Foehringer Merchant
Michelle Kranicke - Course Leader
Scott Sikkema - Course Leader
Alyssa Sorresso - TAD Studio Manager
Lynne Pace Green - TAD Studio Director
Check out this blog I wrote for Teatro Luna about the Howlround Satellite Conversation in Chicago, IL.
What a pleasure it was to have been a part of an amazing cast! Some really great reviews, too. Thanks to everyone who came out to see the show!
"Sindy Castro turns in a brave, blistering performance, revealing Ceci’s frustration and desires through gestures as the young woman coming of age in an unresponsive body and in her interior monologues that guide the audience. It is a stunning, highly physical performance that requires total commitment to the playwright’s vision, and Castro delivers."
-- Chicago Stage Standard (3/4 stars)
"Sindy Castro is otherworldly as Ceci"
-- Chicago Reader (Reader Recommended)
"Castro makes an enchantingly flawed princess trapped in a tower of her own flesh."
-- Chicago Theater Beat (3 1/2 stars)
"That unsettled state of living between worlds...where Ceci (a vibrant Sindy Castro) delivers interior monologues of all that she cannot voice to her loved ones."
-- Chicago Tribune (3/4 stars)
The National Pastime Theater will present the Chicago premiere of Octavio Solis’ Pulitzer Prize nominated play "Lydia" opening Friday, October 4 at 8pm.
Lydia is the story of a Latino working-class family whose teenage children are first generation Americans. They hire an illegal immigrant nurse/maid, Lydia, to help care for 16 year old Cecilia who suffered permanent brain injury from a car accident. Lydia turns out to be a remarkable young woman who connects with Cecilia and sets out to heal the family of their strained distance from one another, subsequently revealing unexpected secrets. Set in El Paso, this play explores the Texas-Mexican border relations while blending fantasy and reality. The play features all Latino performers and emphasizes the difficulties and dreams of first generation Latinos growing up on the Texas-Mexican border.
Directed by acclaimed director Cecilie Keenan, the cast features Jessie David Perez, Rafael Franco, Matthew Harris, Sindy Castro, Rose Guccione, Nelson Rodriguez and Sarai Rodriguez.
Author of over 20 plays, Octavio Solis is considered by many to be one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. With works that both draw on and transcend the Mexican-American experience, he is a writer and director whose style defies formula, examining the darkness, magic and humor of humanity with brutal honesty and characteristic intensity. His imaginative and ever-evolving work continues to cross cultural and aesthetic boundaries, solidifying him as one of the great playwrights of our time. This production will give Solis a highly visual platform within Chicago theater and will help to bring Latino theater to a diverse population.
Director Cecilie Keenan has been active in the Chicago theater community for more than 20 years. She collaborated with the Goodman on El Nogalar during the 2010/2011 Season. Recently, Ms. Keenan directed the Jeff Award-winning Tobacco Road at American Blues Theater and Joel Drake Johnson’s End of the Tour at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn. Ms. Keenan has been instrumental in the growth of Teatro Vista, where her recent productions include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and Our Lady of the Underpass. She has been a frequent director and sometimes artistic and/or managing director at many Chicago theaters, including American Blues Theater, Apple Tree Theatre, American Theater Company, Bailiwick, Northlight Theatre and Collaboraction, where she directed the highly acclaimed The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow.
♦In 2012 The National Pastime Theater celebrated twenty years as a Chicago theater company and live theatrical venue by moving into a larger facility located in the center of Chicago's new Uptown Entertainment District. The National Pastime Theater produces plays with specific social commentary that provoke those watching to rethink their own actions and how these affect the people in their community. This spurs many to become an active part of their community, challenges social norms and enhances the way in which people interact. NPT uses spectacle, violence, sexuality, music, movement and language to bring our audience out of their own daily lives and into the world of the play. In addition to producing live plays, The National Pastime Theater is striving to become the premier theatrical and music venue in Chicago's new Uptown Entertainment District.
“Lydia" will run from October 4 to November 9, 2013 with previews on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 8pm. Regular performances are Thursday to Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm.
Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students. Tickets will be available online at nationalpastimetheater.com . Group rates available by calling box office at 773-327-7077.
Location: The National Pastime Theater in the Preston Bradley Center
941 W Lawrence Ave. 4th Floor in Chicago.
Transit: The curious and bold can discover us via the Red Line Lawrence train stop and bus routes 36, 81, 145 and 151 are all within 3 blocks.
Parking: $5 at Weiss Hospital parking at 4650 N. Clarendon. Voucher at box office