Meet the Creatives Behind “La canción”
Did you catch the last post about our 2016-2017 season? We mentioned the premiere of “La canción: El muscial” coming to our stage on September 23rd, 2016 and per usual, we want you to know a little about the master minds that have been working behind the scenes on this production!
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Cándido Tirado (Playwright): Tirado is a four-time winner of the New York Foundation of the Arts Playwright Fellowship. He is the co-founder along with his wife, Carmen Rivera, of Educational Play Production, which tours public schools presenting social issues oriented plays concerning the inner city youth. His plays include: Fish Men (Steingberg nominated/4 Jeff nominations), Momma’s Boyz (chosen as “Chicago Top Ten” play by Huffington Post), First Class (Urban Theater Company and Theater on the Lake Festival), Two Diamonds, The Kid Next Door, Hey There Black Cat, Abuelo, The Missing Colors of The Rainbow, And the Pursuit of Happiness. He co-wrote with Carmen Rivera, The Life and Music of Celia Cruz which premiered and had a 9-month run at New World Stage and was also performed in Chicago’s Athenaeum Theater, Tenerife, Miami and La Bellas Artes in Santurce, Puerto Rico.
He has produced numerous plays which include: King Without a Castle, Checking out, First Class (The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater), The Barber Shop, Momma’s Boyz (Repertorio Español), The Missteps of a Salsa Dancer, From Dating to Death in Five Easy Steps, Ilka: The Dream, Some People Have All The Luck (National Theater of theDominican Republic and New York), Heart Stopping Sex (Soho Rep.).
Vico C (Music Composer): Puerto Rican rapper and songwriter also referred to as “El Filosofo” is considered one of the founding fathers of the urban music genre. Vico C is a two-time Latin Grammy winner, and has played an influential role in the urban music movement in Latin America.
He has collaborated with a wide range of artist and has experienced lots of success in his career around the world. He is currently working on his autobiographical movie “Vico C: La Vida del Filósofo” which is set to air in December of 2016.
Edward Torres (Director): Torres holds a B.A. in Theatre from Roosevelt University and an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia College Chicago. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Wesleyan University. He possesses 18 years of production experience and is the co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista. He was the recipient of the 2010 Arts Artist Award and was featured as guest director at the 2011 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference.
His directing credits include: Water by the Spoonful (Old Globe Theatre), Quiara Alegría Hudes’s The Happiest Song Plays Last (Goodman Theatre), Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Victory Gardens Theater; produced in association with Teatro Vista), which was named Best Play of 2009 by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Time Out Chicago; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and earned Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production and Best Director. Torres recently directed Macbeth (The Public’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit) and has directed subsequent productions Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre (2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and Obie Award for Best New American Play) and at Geffen Playhouse to critical acclaim.