House On Mango Street Takes To The Stage

House On Mango Street Takes To The Stage

They will not know I have gone away to come back. For the ones I left behind. For the ones that cannot out.
– Esperanza Cordero, The House On Mango Street

Front to back: Sandra Delgado, Belinda Cervantes and Christina Nieves
photo by Saverio Truglia

The world premiere for the musical adaptation of The House on Mango Street opens this fall. The cast of the new play features: Belinda Cervantes, Gina Cornejo, Sandra Delgado as Esperanza, Liza Fernandez, Ricardo Gutierrez, Christina Nieves, Tony Sancho and Mari Stratton. Earlier this year Proyecto Latina had the opportunity to talk to some of the ladies that are now involved with this production.

Check out our interview archive to learn more about them:

The House On Mango Street by Chicago writer Sandra Cisneros has been adapted by playwright Tanya Saracho, who took on the challenge of bringing Esperanza and the people on Mango Street to the stage. Saracho also recently received two Jeff Nominations for her play Our Lady of the Underpass.

The House on Mango Street is a coming of age story of Esperanza, a Mexican-American girl, growing up in Chicago. The book gives voice to Esperanza and her working class family, as well as, the people that live on Mango Street. The book is not only a Chicago story but an American story.

Proyecto Latina congratulates all of these ladies for their artistic achievements and contributions to the arts in Chicago.

This World Premiere production opens October 13 – November 1. In the Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., in Chicago. For information on reservation and performance times visit or call (312) 335-1650.

Mangos, Chismes y Mucho Más

Mangos, Chismes y Mucho Más

This month’s Proyecto Latina honors Sandra Cisneros and includes a sneak peak at Tanya Saracho’s adaptation of The House on Mango Street. We encourage you to bring your Mango themed poems, stories and chisme! As always it’s FREE and we look forward to seeing you!

Join us on Monday, April 20, 2009 @ 7 p.m. Held at Radio Arte, 1401 W. 18th Street.

Proyecto Latina welcomes Tanya Saracho back this April, we will be featuring a sampling of the full-length play and her adaptatation of the Sandra Cisnero’s book The House on Mango Street. Tanya will also share the art process of how she took a lyrical narrative and modified it for the stage.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is celebrating its 25th anniversary in print. This Spring its been chosen as the One Book One Chicago for the city to read.

Tanya Saracho was born in Sinaloa, México and moved to Texas in the late 80′s . She is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theatre, and a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Teatro Vista. Tanya’s writing has been featured in most of Teatro Luna’s ensemble-built works including “Generic Latina,” “Dejame Contarte,” “The Maria Chronicles,” “SOLO Latinas,” “SOLO Tú,” “S-E-X-Oh!” and “Lunatic(a)s.” Her plays include: “Our Lady of The Underpass” with Teatro Vista (2009), “Surface Day” with Chicago Children’s Humanity Festival (2008 ), and “Jarred (A Hoodoo Comedy)” with Teatro Luna (2008). Tanya’s play “Kita y Fernanda,” a finalist for the 2003 Nuestras Voces playwrighting competition, received productions at Teatro Luna (2003) and 16th Street Theatre (2008). Other Awards include: The Ofner Prize given by the Goodman Theatre, Finalist for the Christopher B. Wolk Award at Abingdon Theatre in NYC, nominee for the Wasserstein Prize and winner of the Khan Award. Saracho’s solo play “Quita Mitos” received a world premier with Teatro Luna in November of 2006 and has toured colleges and festivals, including the International Hispanic Theatre Festival and the Goodman’s Latino Theatre Festival. Tanya is working on a fellowship in a collaboration between The Goodman Theatre and the Institute for Women and Gender Studies at Columbia College on an interview-based piece titled “27″ where she will interview one woman from each of the 27 countries that make up the Latin Diaspora. She is also under commission from Steppenwolf Theatre to craft a musical adaptation Sandra Cisnero’s “The House on Mango Street” slated to open in the fall of 2009. Directing/co-directing credits include: “SOLO Tú,” “S-E-X-Oh!” and “Lunatic(a)s.” the remount of “Generic Latina,”The Maria Chronicles,” “Jarred (A Hoodoo Comdey)” and “SÓLO Latinas.” Tanya’s performing credits include: Neil Labutte’s Fat Pig” with Renaissance Theatreworks in Milwaukee, Migdalia Cruz’ “Another Part of the House” with Teatro Vista, “Living Out” with American Theatre Co./Teatro Vista, “Electricidad” at Goodman Theatre and “La Casa De Bernarda Alba” with Aguijon Theater. Tanya’s voice can be heard around the country in radio and television commercials.

Check out our interview with Tanya here.

Proyecto Latina provides a platform to showcase work by Latinas. In it’s fourth year, the reading series takes place the third Monday of every month, it includes a feature, an open mic and a a chisme box! Proyecto Latina Radio Airs Sundays @ 6 p.m. on WRTE, 90.5 F.M.

Tanya Saracho & Sandra Marquez tell us about the discipline & power in theatre

Tanya Saracho & Sandra Marquez tell us about the discipline & power in theatre

Proyecto Latina speaks to the two leading women behind the making of the play Our Lady of the Underpass, which was presented earlier this year by Teatro Vista. Learn about the art process behind each of these women: Sandra Marquez, director, tells us about the required discipline when working in theater and Tanya Saracho, playwright, tells us where to find the power in theatre that will insure that more plays by and for Latin@s are produced.

Part I: Interview with Sandra Marquez, 14:01

Part II: Interview with Tanya Saracho, 21:38

Celebrating Latina Creativity In Chicago

Celebrating Latina Creativity In Chicago

April is going to be a fabulous month for Latinas on the move! Our very own Irasema Gonzalez and Coya Paz of Proyecto Latina will be on a panel celebrating Latina Creativity in Chicago.

Swing by it’s FREE & FABULOUS and we’d love to meet you and hear your thoughts on Latinas in the arts!

DePaul University
Thursday, April 2
Reception – 5:30 p.m.
6 p.m. – Panel
John R. Cortelyon Commons Bldg
2324 N. Freemont St. Chicago, IL

Join a distinguished panel of artists who will discuss the path of their own creative journeys, examine the ways in which their work has been influenced by Sandra Cisneros and The House on Mango Street, and trace the dynamic relationship between artists and their communities.
Panelists: Irasema Gonzalez, Writer/Poet / Proyecto Latina & Founder of Tianguis Books

Bibiana Suarez, Department of Art, Media and Design / DePaul University
Coya Paz, co-founder of Teatro Luna / Proyecto Latina/ The Theatre School / DePaul University

Tanya Saracho, co-founder of Teatro Luna / Adapted The House on Mango Street for the stage

A discussion with the audience will conclude the evening. Part of the 2009 Sor Juana Festival National Museum of Mexican Art and the 3rd Annual Cesar Chavez Service and Values Series Steans Center / DePaul University

Co-sponsors: The Department of English, Latin American and Latino Studies Program and The Women’s Center

For more information: (773) 325-7839 or (773) 325-7558 Free and open to the public.