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Chicago International Latino Theater Festival 2017 lineup

Programming for the new festival’s first edition includes visiting troupes from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Colombia

Written by
Kris Vire

The new Chicago International Latino Theater Festival makes its debut this fall. The fest, a monthlong program of performances and panels by Latinx theater makers from Chicago and abroad, is produced by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance, a new group formed in late 2016 as a partnership of the National Museum of Mexican Art, the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance.

The inaugural edition, dubbed Destinos, takes place from September 29 to October 29, and features visiting companies from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Colombia, alongside productions from Chicago companies like Teatro Vista, Aguijón Theater and UrbanTheater Company.

The new festival takes up the mantle of past efforts like the Goodman Theatre’s Latino Theatre Festival, which was presented six times from 2003 to 2013, and the International Theatre Festival of Chicago, which ran biennially from 1986 to 1994; the Museum of Contemporary Art’s MCA Stage program and Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s World’s Stage series also regularly import international works.

Take a look at the complete Destinos lineup and start planning your itinerary.

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