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.

Luna Blues Machine: Two sisters, one cd & lots of livin' & learnin'

Luna Blues Machine: Two sisters, one cd & lots of livin' & learnin'

The multi-talented Cervantes sisters have roots in Back of the Yards and Chicago’s Southside but their music casts a much wider net and draws inspiration from a very diverse mix of music genres.

The Luna Blues Machine fuses acoustic hip-hop with soul, folk, latin and any other genre that moves them. Fronted by sisters Belinda and Maritza Cervantes (mandolin and guitar), LBM stands out as one of the most experimental acoustic music acts working in Chicago today. With the accompaniment of bass and drums, their feel-good rhythms, engaging stories, tight harmonies and charismatic hooks will make you want to getcha self a little luna love.

Part I: Luna Blues Machine, 8:21

Part II: Luna Blues Machine, 8:17

Part III: Luna Blues Machine, 5:14

Catch The Luna Blues Machine, this Thursday, April 30th @ 10pm @ Silvie’s Lounge, 1902 W. Irving Park Road. $5 cover. Say you’re there to see LBM. You can learn more about them and their new cd at

Interview by Yolanda Cardenas