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Henry Godinez, of Evanston and the Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, brings the work of Latina/o writers and actors to the stage.
Henry Godinez, of Evanston and the Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, brings the work of Latina/o writers and actors to the stage.
by Emmanuel Patiño Gómez

Celebration of Latina/o Artists

The Goodman Theatre’s Celebration of Latina/o Artists runs from Jan. 16 through March 13. Since 1997, Henry Godinez, of Evanston and the Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, has taken the lead in bringing the work of Latina/o writers to the stage. Mr. Godinez said, “To me, it’s every bit, and almost more important to have Latina/o writers, directors and producers. Truth is, I think right now we need more Latina/os in decision-making positions. We need creators of opportunities.”

This year’s festival highlights the works of José Rivera (“Another Word for Beauty”), Isaac Gomes (“La Ruta”), María Irene Fornés (“Sarita”) and Roberto Bolaño (“2666”). “My hope is that audiences will appreciate the breadth of Latina/o work, both when written for the stage, and as literature which is adapted for the stage. Even with just three playwrights, Fornes, Rivera, and Gomez, you have Cuban-American, Puerto Rican and Mexican-American perspectives which also span half a century of Latino playwrighting. Fornes began writing in the 1960s, José in the 1980s and Issac is a young writer just starting out. Bolaño, Marquez and Galeano are three Latin American literary gigantics who are no longer with us, whose work has been adapted to the stage and inspired Latino theatre artists for decades.”

Mr. Godinez will perform in “2666” and will be directing Nilo Cruz’ Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Anna In The Tropics” at Northwestern this May. “This show will have a cast full of Latino students.” He shared his advice for aspiring Latino actors: “Pursue the best education/training you possibly can. Be a sponge and soak in as much as you can by watching and listening. Look for the things that speak to you and spark the need to express yourself. Be proud of your heritage, and the shared history of Latinidad. And above all, know that you can make a difference in the world through creative expression.” For more information visit: Goodman

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Celebración de Artistas Latinos
La celebración de los artistas latinos en el Goodman Teatro es desde 16 de enero al 13 de marzo.  Desde 1997, Henry Godinez, quien es parte Evanston y el Goodman Theater Artistic Association, ha tomado el liderazgo para traer el trabajo de escritores latinos al escenario. El Sr. Godínez dijo, “Para mí, todo cuenta, y es muy importantes tener productores, directores, y escritores latinos. La verdad es que en la actualidad necesitamos más latinos en puestos con mando de tomar decisiones. Necesitamos creadores de oportunidades.”

El festival de este año resalta los trabajos de José Rivera (Another Word for Beauty), Isaac Gomes (La Ruta), María Irene Fornes (Sarita) y Roberto Bolaño (2666). “Mi esperanza es que el público aprecie el extenso trabajo latino, ya sea escrito o en el escenario y literatura adaptada para el escenario. Aun con solo tres piezas dramáticas, Fornes, Rivera and Gomes, tienes perspectivas cubanas americanas, puertorriqueñas, mexicanas americanas que abarcan la mitad de un siglo de piezas dramáticas latinas.  Fornes empezó a escribir en los 60s, José en los 80s e Isaac, joven que acaba de empezar. Bolaño, Márquez y Galeano son tres enormes literarios latinoamericanos que ya no están con nosotros, pero cuyo trabajo ha sido adaptado al escenario y ha inspirado a artistas latinos de teatro por décadas.”

El Sr. Godínez actuará en 2666 y dirigirá la obra ganadora del Pulitzer de Nilo Cruz, Anna In The Tropics, en Northwestern este mayo. “Esta actuación tendrá un elenco de estudiantes latinos.” El compartió para aspirantes actores latinos, “Consigue la mejor educación y/o entrenamiento que puedas alcanzar. Sé una esponja y absorbe todo lo que puedas viendo y escuchando. Busca las cosas que te hablen y sobresalten la necesidad de expresarte. Enorgullécete de tu herencia, y la historia de latinidad compartida. Y sobre todo, conoce que u puedes hacer la diferencia en el mundo a través de la expresión creativa. Para más información visita:

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