A Commemorative Book

Aguijón 30 Years

Aguijón Theater of Chicago Publishes Commemorative Book Celebrating Its Thirtieth Anniversary

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Aguijón Theater, the oldest Latino theater company in Chicago, a bilingual book documenting the company’s history has been published.

Founded by Colombian director and actress Rosario Vargas on August 22, 1989, Aguijón Theater has presented more than 150 productions that include theater plays, monologues, music, poetry and dance shows, colloquia, recitals, staged readings, acting workshops, exhibitions, round tables, and book presentations.

The book Aguijón 30 Años | Aguijón 30 Years displays in 146 pages, in Spanish and English, the history of this Latino company since its inception. It documents in eight chapters and in more than 300 photographs the trajectory of what began as an itinerant group, first housed at Truman College, to the establishment of its own venue in 1999 to the participation in international theater festivals followed by the promotion of new theatrical texts through the creation of the Chicago International Hispanic Playwriting Prize that began in 2014.

The historical research was led by Peruvian journalist Elio Leturia and was supported by Mexican writers Andrea Ojeda and Marcopolo Soto, who documented a story never written before, compiling year by year all the plays produced by the company. The book features an introduction by Goodman Theatre’s Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godínez, and the congratulations of Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as 14 testimonials from playwrights and theater scholars from Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Peru, Mexico and the United States.

This illustrated book also includes reflections on García Lorca’s theater narrative, the company’s educational role through the After School Matters program, the creative approach to Aguijón’s set design process, among others.

For more information, or to set up an interview please contact Elio Leturia, at eleturia@aguijontheater.org

$30.00 (+$6 s&h)
$1 per year of history!

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