Teatro Línea de Sombra’s


October 17 - 29, 2017

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

A World’s Stage Production from Mexico
directed by Jorge A. Vargas

Heartrending scenic poetry...brutal and beautiful

Milenio (Mexico)

Raw, unsparing, poetic, vibrant…vividly maps the human tribulations of those who attempt to enter this country

Seattle Times

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The Play

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is proud to present Mexico’s most celebrated theater ensembles, Teatro Línea de Sombra, in our new third theater, The Yard, as part of the inaugural Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, Destinos. In the largest international engagement of the festival, A man—any man—departs Mexico for a land of dreams: Amarillo, Texas. But he never arrives. Far away, a woman reconstructs his journey, imagining what might have transpired not only for him, but for the thousands of other faceless men and women who have taken the same path—and for those who were left behind. Told through projected images, monologues, movement, and a collage of atmospheric settings evoking layers of national and individual identity, Amarillo is a naturalistic portrait of one (or any) immigrant’s efforts to reach something, somewhere, better. Using visceral imagery, evocative soundscapes, and a myriad of storytelling techniques, the company has built an encompassing theatrical experience, for which they have twice been awarded the title of Best Research Theatre in Mexico (2000, 2005).

Performed in Spanish with projected English translation.



Gallery: Teatro Línea de Sombra's AMARILLO


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The Players

Creative Team

Jorge A. Vargas Director

Jorge Verdín (Clorofila) Original Music

Jesús Hernández Space and Lighting Design

Marina España Video Design

Raúl Mendoza Video Design

Kay Peréz Video Design

Rodrigo Espinosa Sound Design


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