Goodman Theatre presenting Sones De Mexico’s ‘Zulema’ in city parks

The company on Thursday announced it will present the world-premiere production in a free, three-week engagement (Aug. 5-21) spanning 10 parks across the city.

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A poster announces the premiere of “Zulema,” to be presented by Goodman Theatre this summer at various Chicago parks.

A poster announces the premiere of “Zulema,” to be presented by Goodman Theatre this summer at various Chicago parks.

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Goodman Theatre is once again bringing theater to the parks this summer.

The company on Thursday announced it will present Sones de Mexico Ensemble’s “Zulema,” in a free, three-week engagement (Aug. 5-21) spanning 10 parks across the city.

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Written by Dolores Diaz and co-directed by Goodman’s resident artistic associate Henry Godinez and Aguijon Theater co-artistic director Marcela Munoz, with music direction by Sones de Mexico founder Victor Pichardo, the one-hour, family-friendly concert production features regional dance and and music as it recounts the journey of the young Zulema, from her Chiapas, Mexico, home, to Chicago.

“Music has the power to build bridges between cultures and generations. As we spotlight this important artform in our Year of Chicago Music, ‘Zulema’ and the other extraordinary artworks we have in store will help us build stronger relations with one another,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot via statement.

The productions is being presented in collaboration with the Chicago Park District’s “Night in the Parks” series of programming, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

For information, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Zulema.

Here are the scheduled dates: 

Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m.: – Calumet Park (Calumet) 9801 S. Calumet Ave.

Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m.: Riis Park (Belmont-Cragin) 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 

Aug. 7, 3 p.m.: Portage Park (Portage Park) 4100 N. Long Ave.

Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m.: Hale Park (Clearing West) 6258 W. 62nd St.

Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m.: Hermosa Park (Hermosa) 2240 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Aug. 14, 3 p.m.: Dvorak Park (Pilsen) 1119 W. Cullerton St.

Aug. 15, 3 p.m.: Harrison Park TBC (Pilsen) 1824 S. Wood St.

Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.: Davis Square Park (Back of the Yards) 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m.: La Villita Park (Little Village) 2800 S. Sacramento Blvd.

Aug. 21, 3 p.m.: Marquette Park (Chicago Lawn) 6721-6757 S. Kedzie Ave.

A special finale performance on Sept. 2 featuring more than 70 artists will conclude the run (date, location will be announced at a later date).

Póster de “Zulema”

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