In Highway 47 the author recounts her family’s involvement in one of New Mexico’s most famous land grant wars, the land grant of Tome. Through the eyes of the residents of this tiny community, we learn about the 15 year legal battle over the land that tore families apart and her father, the man at the center of it all.
para Graciela, written and performed by Sandra Delgado, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
In para Graciela a woman comes home to make peace with her father through a very special lesson in perfume making. Inspired by her maternal grandmother, Graciela, and based on interviews with Delgado’s mother and aunts, this fictional story will transport the audience through a multi-sensory experience infused with the essence of Bergamot and Latin loves songs from the 1930’s and 40’s. Delgado, a Colombian-American performer-creator, director and producer born and raised in Chicago, is a TCG Fox Foundation Fellow in residency at the Goodman Theater where she is developing her latest collaboratively generated piece, para mis Madres (for my Mothers). para Graciela is the first part of this three act play. Cheryl Lynn Bruce directs.
In English with a touch of Spanish.
Program B Schedule
Thursday, July 26, 8 pm
Saturday, July 28 1 pm
Sunday, July 29 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 2, 8 pm
Friday, August 3, 8 pm
Saturday, August 4, 4:30 pm
Saturday, August 11 8 pm
Sunday, August 12 4:30 pm
KJ Sanchez (Writer/Performer Highway 47) is founder/CEO of American Records, a theater company devoted to chronicling our time (www.amrec.us). As a playwright, she has been produced (select lists) at Asolo Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Two River Theater, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, Round House Theater, Working Classroom, Cornerstone and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages. She has directed plays by Dan Dietz, Kyle Schmidt, Heather Raffo, Jose Rivera, Quiara Hudes, and Kristoffer Diaz. As an actress she has been on stages at The Humana Festival (originating the role of Thyona in Big Love) The Goodman, Berkely Rep, Long Warf, New York Theater Workshop and BAM. She is the voice of many characters in the cartoons Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go. She is a former member of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company and has taught extensively. She is a Civilians Associate Artist, a Fox Fellow, Douglas Wollop Fellow, Albert Award Nominee and an NEA CDP recipient. As the producer, director and co-author of ReEntry, a play based on interviews with Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, KJ produced it’s international tour and contracted with the Department of Defense, taking the play to service members at over thirty military bases and hospitals throughout the US and Internationally.
Sandra Delgado (Writer/Performer para Graciela) is a Colombian-American actor, writer and producer born and raised in Chicago. She is a founding ensemble member of Collaboraction and an ensemble member of Teatro Vista, where she served as Associate Artistic Director from 2006-2008. Chicago credits: Goodman Theatre in Chicago Boys, El Nogalar, Mariela in the Desert, Electricidad, Zoot Suit, El Grito del Bronx (a co-production with Collaboraction and Teatro Vista), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (a co-production with Teatro Vista); Steppenwolf in The House on Mango Street and Sonia Flew; Victory Gardens Theater in Anna in the Tropics; Lookingglass Theatre Company in Summertime; About Face Theatre in Undone; Collaboraction in Guinea Pig Solo, Refuge and Casanova and with Teatro Vista in Dreamlandia and Two Sisters and a Piano. Ms. Delgado’s off-Broadway credits include points of departure at INTAR Theatre, and regionally, she has appeared in Ground and Wit at Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Winter’s Tale at Missouri Repertory Theatre. Her television credits include Law& Order: SVU on NBC and POWERS on F/X. As a producer, she was on the team that brought you Collaboraction’s popular Sketchbook Festival from 2004-2007. Ms. Delgado is a TCG Fox Foundation Fellow in residency at the Goodman Theater where she is developing her latest collaboratively generated piece, para mis Madres (for my Mothers). para Graciela is the first part of this three act play.
Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Director para Graciela) created the role of Elizabeth Sandry for Steppenwolf’s Tony Award-winning production of The Grapes of Wrath, adapted and directed by Frank Galati for Broadway’s Cort Theatre, the National Theatre (UK), and La Jolla Playhouse. Ms. Bruce workshopped and premiered in Race, Lookingglass Theatre’s inaugural production, and in The Great Fire. Most recently she premiered in Danai Gurira’s The Convert at the McCarter, Goodman, and Kirk Douglas theatres. Proud Teatro Vista company member, she performed in its production of Freedom, NY. Ms. Bruce co-developed and directed Milkweed, Misty De Berry’s 2009 solo play, and in Spring 2007 traveled to Iida, Japan to study Bunraku puppetry in preparation for staging the premiere of Rythm Mastr, Kerry James Marshall’s urban comic for the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. She co-founded and helmed Youth Drama Workshop for 12 years, writing and directing each of its productions. Ms. Bruce has directed for Chicago’s Congo Square and eta theatres, the University of Illinois/Chicago,University of Indiana, and De Paul University. In 2010 Ms. Bruce received Jane Addams Hull House Association’s Woman of Valor Award and 3Arts Artist Award in Theatre. Inaugural Fellow of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago (Spring 2006), Ms. Bruce was awarded research support for her Phillis Wheatley performance project. Edward Alexander Bouchet, Yale’s first Black Ph.D. in Physics (1876) is the subject of her current Yale research residency performance project. Film: Stranger Than Fiction, Daughters of the Dust, The Fugitive. Television: Prison Break, There Are No Children Here, Separate but Equal, To Sir with Love, 2.
Lisa Portes (Director Highway 47) is happy to be working with longtime friend and collaborator, KJ Sanchez in the Collaboraction/TeatroVista Yo Solo extravaganza! Recent credits include: The Piano Teacher by Julia Cho (Next Theatre), Barrio Grrrl by Quiara Alegria Hudes (Chicago Playworks), the world premieres of Ghostwritten (Goodman Theatre) and After a Hundred Years (Guthrie Theatre) both by Naomi Iizuka, Ski Dubai by Laura Jacqmin and Spare Change by Mia McCullough (Steppenwolf Theatre, First Look), Elliot, A Soldiers Fugue by Quiara Hudes (Teatro Vista and Rivendell Ensemble), Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons (Northlight Theatre), In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks and Far Away by Caryl Churchhill (Next Theatre), and Wilder by Erin Cressida Wilson and the Red Clay Ramblers (Playwrights Horizons).
Lisa has developed new American plays at The Vineyard Arts Project, Victory Gardens, Sundance Summer Theatre Lab, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the Kennedy Center, McCarter Theatre, and the Cape Cod Theatre Project.
Lisa is an Artistic Associate at Next Theatre and Chicago Children’s Theatre. She heads the MFA Directing Program at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of Night Over Erzinga by Adriana Sevahn-Nichols (Silk Road Rising) and Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West by Naomi Iizuka (Timeline Theatre).