Am I actually NERVOUS?

By: Alexandra Meda on N/S DCA performance
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In just a few hours we will be presenting a reading at the Department of Cultural Affairs of our first draft of the North South Plays set to open in October of this year. In certain respects I am not nervous at all, and in others I am a total ball of nerves. Truth be told this is the second huge milestone in this project, and it has not been an easy road to get here. Collaborations and co-productions are the roads less travelled, and as such with each one you must pave your own road— together.

I have said it a million times, and I’ll say it a million more: Bailiwick Chicago & Teatro Luna taking this project on is nothing short of an act of faith. I make no bones about this not being easy. I am also nervous. And I don’t get nervous before our performances. I get excited. I normally wouldn’t tell you guys this, but we have made a commitment to be brutally honest in our blogs about this process. Maybe that’s why we haven’t been posting alot hahaa– just kidding just kidding.

No, in all seriousness– I am nervous because I am scared about what we are about to see tonight. I have tried to stay out of the rehearsal room throughout the month with a few exceptions (i can’t help myself — being in the room is why I love what I do) — and last thursday i saw the first stumble through, and truth be told– I had a panic attack. That was not the play I had been envisioning. But that is part of the process. Sometimes its just as much about seeing and learning what you absolutely DON’T want as what you DO.

Ok, Ill tell you how it went, but for now, I gotta calm my nerves and get over to the DCA!

Con mucho amor,
Alex Meda

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A Night Out On The Town with the Ladies of Luna…

The first of several Season 11 Kick-Off Events is finally here!

Start your Labor Day weekend right by joining the Lunaticas as they host a night out on the town, and the first event of their new NOCHE BOHEMIA (Bohemian Nights) Series.

This unique new series is dedicated to featuring the diverse range of Latina Talent in Chicago. At these Noche Bohemia events you will see all kinds of talent from the various artistic disciplines ranging from: music, dance, story-telling, burlesque, and poetry to clowning and acrobats—and everything in between. This is the place where Latina artists that we either: a) haven’t been able to work with formally in our productions or education programs or b) artists who are Luna Friends/Company Members,  whom we have either worked with before or have long supported our work —  can share/test out their new work with our audiences. We strongly believe their original art is groundbreaking/important/fun/needs support from Chicago’s All Latina Theatre Company. The Noche Bohemia series is a safe space where these artists can both develop and perform their work/art in front of a live audience, and also receive feedback in a non-formal way. In turn, these nights are audience engagement opportunities for us, with the hope that the audience can mingle with Teatro Luna and the performers–get to know us all in a more personal and easy going setting that our formal productions (then again, if you have ever been to a Teatro Luna show, you know were not at all that formal!). Basically– we want to hang out with you!

As Teatro Luna continues to grow it’s National relationships and reputation, we have a strong desire to remain committed to Chicago talent (traditional theatre and beyond), and this series is one of the ways we will continue to foster the growth and access Latina performers have with our amazing (and growing) audience. We can’t cast everyone in our shows or accept them in our programs– (and besides some of these ladies are THE experts anyway)– this is just another (very fun!) way to continue to give back and build new relationships with Latinas in the Arts. And to be honest, any excuse for an event we will jump on!

The first event in the series is called: BAJO LA BELLA LUNA / BEAUTY IN MOONLIGHT and takes place at WICKER WELL (1637 W. North Avenue) from 7-10pm — or later on  September 1, 2011.

Join us for performances by: Artistic Associate Kristiana Rae Colón, Esmie “Amorpoesia” Cuevas, Ivelisse Diaz, Sophie Minx, Sandra Posadas & Anjee O, and our Headliner RUBY YO. (Photos and links to their web presence way below). Tickets are $20 and all funds support the work of our ambitious 11 season (both productions and education programs). You can purchase them here: http://bit.ly/lalunabella. Please consider purchasing a ticket even if you are unable to attend. 

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North/South Artist Interview: Steve Best

This past Tuesday, the North/South month long Workshop kicked off at the Department of Cultural Affairs as part of their INCUBATION program. We are so excited! We have lived with an ever-evolving script for months, but finally we can see the script start to come to life in the actors’ bodies and voices! We will be documenting the process here in our Collaboration in Action Series, but also on the DCA blog (will give you guys the link soon!)
Check out our first Artist Interview with North/South Lead Script Developer from Team Bailiwick: Steve Best. He and Miranda (Team TL) have been guiding our script as a team since June, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to spend a few minutes picking his brain… to say the least, the Lunáticas are huge fans of Mr. Best… read on to see why…

PlayLab 1A: Mujeres Alegres Take Off

By Liza Ann Acosta
Our PlayLab 1A, Mujeres Alegres, has taken off with great enthusiasm and energy. We started our second session with the first lesson of Script Analysis focusing on Oedipus Tyrannus (Oedipus Rex) and the first four chapters of David Ball’s Backwards and Forwards. What is the role of the Chorus? Did Jocasta know she had married her son? And what are all these “heaps and triggers”?
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The North/South Plays: An Introduction

By Alex Meda

I wanted to take some time to introduce you to our new blog series: Collaboration In Action. We want to archive, document and create more public dialogue around our unique development process for creating new works as a collective in general. We kick off this ongoing series by discussing and attempting to process — while in action — our first ever “co-production”: The North/South Plays. We hope you follow along and jump in the dialogue as we go along our shared development path with co-producers, Bailiwick Chicago, on our world-premiere production: The North/South Plays set to open October 26, 2011 at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.
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You’re Invited! Join Us For FIESTA SIN FRONTERAS

Hey Luna Fans!

We can hardly wait to see you in two weeks at this AMAZING party we are throwing with in support of our fall production: The North/South Plays, with our partners in crime, Bailiwick Chicago! Please read below all the fabulous details for this music-filled fiesta. Enjoy a night of dancing, music, and drink at this non-fundraiser FUNDRAISER! I personally promise that  there will be NO silent aucitions, NO surprise requests for donations, and no elevator speeches– just the bands, open bar, and DJ New Life! Read the info below, buy a ticket (even if you can’t attend!) and pass it on to your crew!

FIESTA SIN FRONTERAS (Party without Borders)

Saturday, July 30

7:00 – 11:00 pm

The Den Theatre

1333 W. Milwaukee, Chicago

Teatro Luna with Bailiwick Chicago is throwing a “Fiesta Sin Fronteras” (Party Without Borders) to celebrate our upcoming collaboration, THE NORTH/SOUTH PLAYS. This cross-border music-fest and celebration features musical talents from Latin America, Canada and the US. The band lineup includes Las BomPleneras, an all-female Bomba and Plena group, and The Eli Story, a power-pop rock band, and a soon to be named guest performer. DJ NewLife will spin the night away in-between and after musical performances.

TICKETS

Buy online at https://www.brownpapertick​ets.com/event/185070

Or call (312) 237-0878

$25 in advance
$30 at the door
$50 VIP tickets

SPECIAL INDUSTRY TICKET PRICES & BAND FAN PRICES AVAILABLE (email northsouthplays(at)teatroluna(dot)org for more information)

Open bar and appetizers from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Cash bar with drink specials from 9:00 – 11:00 pm. Sangria will be served free all night long.

VIP package for $50 per person includes two free passes to the Workshop World Premiere of THE NORTH/SOUTH PLAYS at the DCA Theater, complimentary Signature Cocktails during event and very special NORTH/SOUTH merchandise.

To stay up to date on all the information on THE NORTH/SOUTH PLAYS “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northsouthplays. “like” us on our TL Fan Page to oat www.facebook.com/teatrolunachicago

We can’t wait to see you at the party! Please invite your friends, family, and co-workers via our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE, our TWITTER EVENT (@teatroluna) or our eblast service. You can also send your friends to this page directly:  http://bit.ly/fiestablog      

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Please also visit our partner, BAILIWICK CHICAGO on their website: http://www.bailiwickchicago.com or their facebook page! 

Teatro Luna Writers’ Salon Kicks off In July!

by Karla Estela Rivera

After setting my roots back in Chicago after an on and off relationship with the East coast, I was lucky to be connected to Teatro Luna. As an Artistic Associate, I’ve had the pleasure of being on the writing team for The North/South Plays and part of the touring company. As a storyteller, I was extremely honored to be asked to lead this year’s Writers’ Salon.

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