Meet Juan(ito) Doe by Ricardo Gamboa at the Storyfront Street Theater in collaboration with Free Street Theater
Meet Juan(ito) Doe, directed by Ricardo Gamboa and Ana Velazquez, is a play performed by an ensemble of brown, down, Chi-towners and based on stories that they've collected from the city's Mexican-American and immigrant communities. The stories are collected through events such as bar crawls, drag Mexican bingo nights and karaoke nights, amongst others as well as through hosting story circles at the Meet Juan(ito) Doe Storyfront, a storefront in the Back of the Yards neighborhood that Gamboa and co. rented and renovated to collect stories and offer cultural programming. “Chicago is a city where Mexicans are everywhere, we’ve been here and have contributed so much to this city, but you really wouldn’t know it by looking at mainstream media or textbooks,” says Ricardo Gamboa, activist, director and playwright. Meet Juan(ito) Doe will provide a platform to address the lack of representation of Chicago’s Mexican-Americans and immigrants.
Meet Juan(ito) Doe is a collaboration with the Free Street Theater. “Free Street Theater was founded in 1969 and since then we’ve been committed to telling stories with, by, and for Chicago’s diverse communities. We believe in the power of letting people share their story. Ricardo’s project is emblematic of the important work we’ve been doing,” says Free Street Artistic Director Coya Paz.
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