La Risa de Dios captures the voices and stories of the Latino immigrant community of Chicago and how they see our city. Through monologue and song, Zatarain captures the joy, the heartache and the challenges of living in the big city and the dreams that bring us here.
In Spanish with English supertitles.
Guera is an interactive solo in which the audience is treated as dinner guests in a restaurant, choosing “meals” from the menu. Each item on the menu is a 4-6 minute performance piece drawn from Tena’s experiences with her father, mother, alter ego, and her own identity.
In English with a touch of Spanish.
Program A Schedule
Friday, July 27 6pm
Saturday, July 28 8pm
Sunday, July 29, 1 pm
Sunday, August 5 8 pm
Thursday, August 9, 8 pm
Friday, August 10, 8 pm
Saturday, August 11, 1 pm
Sunday, August 12 , 1 pm
Febronio Zatarain (Writer/Performer La Risa de Dios) is from Mexico and arrived to Chicago in 1989. Since then he has been involved in the creation of a workshop of literature and cultural magazines in Spanish (FE de ERRATAS, TROPEL, EL COYOTE, and CONTRATIEMPO). In 2009 he started doing performances with his poetry, which have been shown in several places including: Teatro Aguijón, Northeastern University, Green Delphin, Calles y Sueños, and the Cultural Center. He has published various books: FALTAS a la MORAL (short stories) DESPERADA INTENCION y OTROS ESCRITOS (poems) and others. Currently, he is a member of the editorial committee of CONTRATIEMPO and coordinates the section of literature and the workshop of the magazine.
Lisandra Tena (Writer/Performer guera) is a New Mexico native and recent DePaul graduate. In New Mexico she helped develop and perform the play A Light in My Soul, in collaboration with Leigh Fondakowski, of Tectonic Theatre Project. Other NM credits include Andarse Por Las Ramas, Yemaya’s Belly, Spinners (short film), and a feature film La Trinchera Luminosa Del Presidente Gonzalo. Her DePaul Theatre School credits include Barrio Grrrl!; Venus; Puto; Doubt; Hedda Gabler; Bacchae;Antigone; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Story Theatre and Bud, Not Buddy. Some of her other passions include martial arts, billiards, Mexican Folklorico, and cooking.
Carlo Lorenzo Garcia (Director guera) is happy to be back working with Collaboraction and Teatro Vista again. Previous work with Collaboraction includes playing Nicky in THE PULL TOY (AND HIS PAISAN) and previous work with Teatro Vista includes playing Memo in EL NOGALAR (The Goodman Theatre) and most recently he directed a staged reading for TV’s Tapas reading series. Carlo serves as Producing Director for Mary-Arrchie Theatre, where he directed the highly acclaimed RED LIGHT WINTER (4 Jeff Nominations & 1 Jeff Citation) and OUR BAD MAGNET (2 Jeff Nominations), MUD PEOPLE, and TORONTO, MISSISSIPPI. He has also directed short plays for Columbia College, Pavement Group, and Jackalope Theatre Co. Other theater credits work with Vineyard Arts Project, Strawdog, Greasy Joan & Co., Teatro Luna, The Free Associates, and Walkabout Theater at Lookingglass.
Ignacio Guevara (Director La Risa de Dios) was born in Costa Rica and graduated from the Conservatorio de Castella
in 1990, he held a Diploma in Dramatic Arts. Immediately after that he moved to France where he spent couple years learning the language and traveling around Europe. When he returned he became an active member of Contraluz, an independent theater group, that gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Central and South America for more than eight years, showcasing theater for children and adults. During the same time Ignacio worked with several publicity agencies in the creative department and as a special events supervisor. With Radio Netherlands Worldwide he worked as drama radio actor and scriptwriter. Television acting and commercials also are part of his background. Three years ago Ignacio came to Chicago and published several short tales in the anthology call “En la 18 a la 1”. Also since then he works in the department of education at the National Museum of Mexican Art where he is a theater and digital moviemaking educator. Co-founder and director of the artistic collective “El Pozo”, currently he is part of the editorial board of Latino magazine Contratiempo.