This world première by Migdalia Cruz follows bride-to-be Lulu on her wedding eve as she confronts her family’s violent history and her brother Papo on Death Row.
The play, much of which is told through flashback, is partly concerned with how these two siblings came to travel down such wildly divergent paths. On her wedding day, Lulu must confront her brother Papo’s legacy of violence before she can feel entitled to happiness. Set in a poetic memoryscape that travels between the 1970s and 1990s—from childhood to death row, from white dresses to orange jumpsuits, from murder to redemption—Lulu and Papo discover that what binds them is not only the haunted darkness, but also the freedom to turn on the light.
Although originally commissioned by New York’s Public Theatre and also workshopped during the Goodman Theatre’s 2006 Latino Theatre Festival, “El Grito del Bronx” premieres as a co-production between Chicago’s Teatro Vista and Collaboraction, albeit in the Goodman’s space. It is directed by Anthony Moseley. The 2-hour long play premiered on July 15, 2009 and will be presented through August 2, 2009 in the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL.
The play is another offering from Goodman’s summertime tradition of hosting productions with Latino themes. It is also the first production to offer patrons the Driehaus Foundation money-back guarantee—audience members can request a refund if they aren’t satisfied with the production.
Featuring Sandra Delgado as Lulu and Juan Villa as Papo; lighting design by Jeremy Getz; sound design by Miles Polaski; music composed by Mikhail Fiksel; Costume costume design by Elsa Hiltner.