Adventure Stage Chicago and Mike Oquendo Events bring comedian Elizardi Castro’s cultural retrospective back to Chicago
[CHICAGO – November 18, 2015]—On the heels of New Kid, a play about migration, identity, and friendship, Made in Puerto Rico comes to Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) at the Vittum Theater with a comedic take on similar themes.
Comedian Elizardi Castro was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York. Though he is in possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Communications, and is a licensed attorney in three states, he found his calling on the stage making people laugh. Building his act around his Puerto Rican identity has allowed him to reach a wide audience across the nation. He has performed for universities and national organizations like the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
Castro comes to ASC with high recommendations and awards for his work. He is “an innovative performer who finds inspiration…to create stories of culture and identity…” according to the Northwest Indiana Times. He creates “a funny and clever personal show experience.” And the Orlando Sentinel described Castro as “funny, touching and infused with a true sense of self.”
“The show…offers the chance for the all audiences to laugh at themselves. Made in Puerto Rico is the story about being Puerto Rican, but also about the universal struggle of being removed from and wanting to return to the native homeland. For Elizardi Castro, the show is his chance to teach his son about being Puerto Rican and having Puerto Rico raised within and around him.” –Mike Oquendo, Made in Puerto Rico producer
To parallel the themes and ideas brought up by ASC’s New Kid, Castro’s Made in Puerto Ricowill allow audiences of all ages to start thinking about culture and identity in a different way. With a significant amount of today’s news being about migration across the globe, Made in Puerto Rico will allow for open conversations.
This production is a collaboration between producer Mike Oquendo Events and ASC.
Dates, Times, and Ticket Information:
December 5th – 7:00pm
December 6th – 3:00pm
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
For more information, call 773-342-4141 or visit adventurestage.org or elicastro.com/calendar.
About Adventure Stage Chicago:
Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a program of Northwestern University Settlement House, is a professional theatre production company that creates new work and tells heroic stories about young people. They do this to engage the community and inspire people to be heroes in their own lives. Housed in the historic Vittum Theater in Noble Square, Adventure Stage Chicago produces fall and spring shows. The Vittum Theater also hosts other public performances and educational programming throughout the year. adventurestage.org.
About Mike Oquendo Events:
Mike Oquendo, Principal of Mike Oquendo Events, produces 85+ shows annually in Chicago and throughout the country. Creator of the "Mikey O Comedy Show" featuring Latino and multi-cultural standup and theatre, Mike is a prominent force in independent productions. His shows and events have been featured on TV, radio and print media including coverage by Telemundo, WGN-TV, People en Español, TimeOut Chicago, Chicago Reader and Metromix. For more information, visit mikeoquendo.com.
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