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Steppenwolf has announced its LookOut Series slate of programming for April and May in the 1700 Theatre, curated by Sandra Delgado and Sandra Marquez featuring Chicago-based, Latinx artists. In addition, a second performance of Audra McDonald in Concert has been added at 9pm on May 22nd on the mainstage.
Tickets to the spring LookOut programming in the 1700 Theatre go on sale Friday, March 17 at 11am at 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.
Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre is an 80-seat cabaret-style space connected to the “Front Bar” at 1700 N Halsted St. Guests can take drinks into the theater and every Friday a different DJ spins in Front Bar before the performance.
LookOut April/May Lineup (from the press release)
Listed in date order. All artists, dates and prices subject to change.
*Doors open 30 minutes before performance time
Sound + Fury: A Night of Electronic Storytelling
Monday, April 24
Silent Marvin (Marvin Quijada) and MCJK (Gabriel Ruiz) explore the artistic power most of us carry in our pockets and backpacks every day. Sound + Fury is a night of lyrics and vocals weaved through electronically driven Latin, house and hip-hop music featuring special guests.
Saints and Sinners
Hosted by Sandra Delgado
Featuring Musical Guests: Son Monarcas (April 30) & MICHA (May 8)
Sunday, April 30 at 7:30pm
Monday, May 8 at 7pm
We live in a binary obsessed culture: black or white, man or woman, gay or straight, winner or loser, citizen or foreigner, saint or sinner. But what lies in between? Saints and Sinners is a storytelling night that explores that grey area through personal stories that defy being put neatly into a box. For this edition, a collection of Latinx Chicagoans will riff off of what Saints and Sinners mean to them through stories that deal with breaking open the boxes that have tried to confine them, bringing us all closer to understanding what Latinidad means. We are not just one thing. We are everything.
An Evening with Carlos Flores and Julio Bishop
Sunday, May 7
Free, but space is limited. RSVP by calling the box office at 312-335-1650
Join historian, acclaimed photographer and community/cultural activist Carlos Flores and DJ Julio Bishop for this one-night only event exploring the rich history Puerto Rican culture in Chicago. Mr. Flores will present PUERTORICANCHICAGO MUSIC SCENE & ITS NEIGHBORHOODS, an overview of Puerto Rican history in the city from 1950 through 1990 with a special focus on the Lincoln Park neighborhood, while DJ Julio Bishop spins records from the period drawn from his storied, one-of-a-kind collection.
An Evening of Sizzling Mambo with Saladeen Alamin
Sunday, May 21
Join Chicago native Saladeen Alamin for this free evening of Latin dance in Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre. The evening will begin with a brief instructional session led by Alamin, a legendary dancer and teacher who has been a prominent figure in the Latin dance scene in Chicago since the 1950s. Following the brief lesson, DJ’s will spin a variety of styles of music throughout the night, and guests are invited to enjoy the music, dancing and Steppenwolf’s bar & cafe, Front Bar.
Steppenwolf’s Visiting Company Initiative presents
Teatro Vista’s world premiere production of
LA HAVANA MADRID
Conceived and written by Sandra Delgado, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
April 14 – May 21
Step back in time to 1960s Chicago and right into La Havana Madrid, the long-gone Caribbean night club that drew throngs of newly-arrived Latinos to the city’s north side. La Havana Madrid, a vibrant, musical venue, became a cultural hub for these new Chicagoans. Inspired by real life stories of those who flocked to the club to celebrate and remember, this intimate recreation of the lively 1960s music club, conceived and written by Sandra Delgado and directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, this world premiere play features live music and will immerse you in the pulsing sounds of that decade from the mambo to the new sound of salsa.
Legendary Colombian-American musician Roberto “Carpacho” Marin, and his band of 30 years, Carpacho y Su Super Combo, will play live every show. Together, the play’s band and cast will chronicle the history of Caribbean Latino music and Chicagoans throughout the decade.
Previews of LA HAVANA MADRID are April 14-21: Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m. Press opening is Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Performances run through May 21: Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m. More info at steppenwolf.org or teatrovista.org.
Audra McDonald In Concert
With special guests Seth Rudetsky and Will Swenson
Monday, May 22
6:30pm & 9pm
Record-breaking six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will perform at Steppenwolf with special guests Seth Rudetsky and Will Swenson for a spontaneous evening of hilarity and show-stopping songs. The format of the evening will be a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories from one of Broadway’s biggest stars—prompted by Seth Rudetsky’s probing, funny, revealing questions—and Audra McDonald singing some of the biggest hits from her musical theater repertoire.
*Standby tickets available starting at 4:30pm for the 6:30pm performance. Tickets for 9pm performance on sale today at 11am at 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.