Girasol: An Evening of Latinx Performances curated and hosted by Isaac Gomez and Nancy Garcia Loza
June 7 at 9 p.m.
Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
An entertaining mix of live music, spoken word, live lit and comedy hosted by two of Chicago’s most prominent Latinx artists. Both Isaac and Nancy are listed as “50 People Who Perform for Chicago” by New City Stage. Announcing music by the Mirachi Sirenas, Chicago’s first all-female mirachi group! Other performers include the Latina comedy duo Dominizuelan; comedian Melissa DuPrey; poets Davon Clark and Jose Olivarez; and storytellers Jasmin Cardenas, Wendy Mateo and Karari Olvera.
Nancy García Loza is a playwright rooted in Chicago & Jalisco, México. She is a writer with Make-Believe Association’s inaugural season (New York Times), a Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Fellow, an Artistic Associate and NNPN Producer in Residence with 16th Street Theater, and an Artistic Associate with Teatro Vista. She is recognized as a theater maker you should know by American Theatre Magazine. Nancy is the recipient of ALTA Awards in the categories of: Outstanding Solo Performance for Eckhart Park Echoes, as well as, The Luis Alfaro Leadership Award for her service work with the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists (ALTA Chicago, 2012-2019).
Isaac Gomez is a Pivot Arts Associate and an award-winning Chicago-based playwright originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His play La Ruta received its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theater Company this past Winter and was developed in Pivot Arts Incubator. His play the way she spoke will be receiving its Off-Broadway premiere at the Minetta Lane Theatre (produced by Audible) in Summer 2019. He is currently under commission from South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Steep Theatre. His plays have been supported by Steppenwolf Theater Company, Denver Center, Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, and others. He is the recipient of the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award, the 2017 Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award at Primary Stages, an inaugural 3Arts “Make A Wave” grantee, and holds various affiliations with artistic organizations nationally and locally.