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La Gringa Benefit to help rebuild La Escuela De Artes Plásticas y Diseño
January 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on January 5, 2018 at 7:30pm
One event on January 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
We will present three benefit performances, in association with Adventure Stage Chicago, of our critically acclaimed box-office smash production of Carmen Rivera’s La Gringa, during Three Kings (Reyes Magos) Weekend. All proceeds raised will benefit Puerto Rico’s Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño (School of Fine Arts and Design), in Old San Juan. The School was hit hard by Hurricane María: it lost most of its archives, book and art collections, its offices were flooded and classrooms destroyed. The total cost of damages has been estimated at one million dollars and the school could potentially lose students as many begin to seek transfer to the United States to complete their studies. The Chicago theater community has stepped up to contribute to the cause. The League of Chicago Theaters has committed to providing stipends for the play’s cast and crew and the Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres are helping to cover rental expenses. Our goal is to raise a sum total of $30,000.
La Gringa centers on María Elena Garcia who travels to Puerto Rico to visit her extended family during the Christmas holidays. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has grown up with an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Upon her arrival, however, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American–a gringa—and María considers this a betrayal: If she’s a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, María concludes, then this makes her a nobody everywhere. Her journey to come to terms with who she is leads María into misperceptions and misadventures. But will an unlikely ally help her find her way to the other side?