The opening ceremony of Carnaval 2015. (Photo by Michael Courier)

Latinx Theatre Commons Announces Lineup for Carnaval 2018

Carlos Murillo, Marisela Treviño Orta, and others will have their plays presented at the Latinx theatre festival.

CHICAGO: The Latinx Theatre Commons, in collaboration with HowlRound, has announced this year’s lineup for the LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work (Carnaval 2018: ConeXion!). Carnaval is a festival that celebrates Latinx talent in the theatre community and will take place from July 19-21. Building on the success of the 2015 Carnaval, it will feature six new plays by Latinx artists, which will have readings at DePaul University’s Theatre School.

“In the midst of the current administration’s virulent hostility towards the Latinx community, promoting new Latinx stories and the artists who create them has become all the more urgent,” said Lisa Portes, LTC Carnaval Champion and head of directing at the Theatre School at DePaul University, in a statement. “Carnaval 2018 aims to seed the American theatre with new Latinx stories and raise visibility of the vibrant local and national Latinx theatre community.”

The selected plays are:

  • My Father’s Keeper by Guadalís del Carmen, directed by David Mendizábal
  • Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz, directed by Denise Yvette Serna
  • Killing of a Gentleman Defender by Carlos Murillo, directed by Michael John Garcés
  • Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta, directed by Ricardo Gutierrez
  • Milton, MI by Paz Pardo, directed by Diane Rodriguez
  • Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer, directed by Rebecca Martínez.

Throughout the festival, theatre makers from across the country can attend readings of these new Latinx plays; meet Latinx writers, directors, dramaturgs, designers, critics, and actors; and engage with the Chicago Latinx theatre community through events organized by Urban Theater CompanyAguijón TheaterTeatro Vista, and the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance. All readings are free and open to the public.

Carnaval is produced in association with Teatro Vista and the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists of Chicago (ALTA). The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC), the flagship program of HowlRound based in Emerson College in Boston, is a national movement comprising of Latinx artists who advocate for Latinx theatre in America.