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A series of monologues in Spanish and English presented by Colectivo El Pozo.
A series of monologues in Spanish and English presented by Colectivo El Pozo.
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Monólogos del Pozo is a three weekend festival of monologues performed in Spanish and in English with alternating supertitles. The first two weekends, October 27-29 and November 3-5, will present monologues from different Chicago actors and various authors. The final weekend, November 9-12, will be a shortened version, a preview of the play El edificio featuring the monologues of the eight characters. The full version of the play El edificio will open in Spring 2018.

This three week series will be presented at Citlaltin Gallery, 2005 S Blue Island. Shows on Thursdays through Saturdays will begin at 8pm. Sunday performances will begin at 6pm.

The first weekends of monologues and performances will feature the following artists and shows:

 Susana Avitia in Ya no te espero, Moy; Lauro López in Luvina; Armando Villegas in Un girasol para Luisa; Jeff Hegelson in Fall From Grace; Febronio Zatarain in Tiempo de luz, and Juanita Goergen in KU-TEMPLO.

The last weekend of our series, November 9-12, Colectivo will present Materiales de El edificio. The story occurs in the last five hours before a building in a Chicago Northwest neighborhood is about to be demolished for new construction. The manager, Herminia, decides to stay in the building for those last hours. She is an Argentinian immigrant who arrived in Chicago in the 80s to live with her mother in the same building and to write short stories. Herminia spends the last hours of the building recalling the stories of half dozen tenants, immigrants from Latin America, Palestine and Poland and even the story of a bedbug. A fictional character she created accompanies her. This character, named Amadeo, interacts with the tenants as well as Herminia, although everyone including himself knows he does not exist. The only character that does not come specifically from the memories of Herminia or that of her mother or great aunt, who also in the past managed the building, is an Indigenous woman who roams the building and represents the land in which it is built. The story depicts the life of a frustrated writer as well as contemplates the recent history of Chicago and where those memories and our own will eventually reside. The play is mostly in Spanish but also uses English, Arabic and phrases in Polish.

The characters of the play were inspired by seven short stories written by Chicago based authors Alejandro Ferrer, Mark Litwicki, Fernando Olszanski Yazan Bata, Stanislaw Jaroszek, and Raúl Dorantes. The cast includes: Paula Aguirre, Juanjo López, Carolina Escrich, José Rochel, José Soto, Armando Villegas and Claudia Urbano. Direction by the Ensemble.

Risks and challenges

El edificio is a challenging experimental project. The script was created by a collective of writers, actors and tech artists. It is written in two languages and will be translated for projection of supertitles. The direction is also collective. Actors, technicians and playwrights have input and a voice. This is Colectivo El Pozo's 13th production. In each endeavor there have been different challenges, but we have had 12 successful shows and plan this 13th one to be just as successful.

In the case that the play is not produced all pledges will be returned.

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