ON STAGE NOW: La Ruta, Steppenwolf Theater
December 13, 2018 - January 27, 2019
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La Havana Madrid, her first full-length play, played to sold out houses at both Steppenwolf and The Goodman Theatre, became Teatro Vista's best-selling show in its 25 year history and received recognition as one of the best plays of 2017 by New City and Time Out Chicago (including the audience award for best new work). Chris Jones ofThe Chicago Tribune said of Delgado, “A big talent who has really found something here, she needs tostay in the spotlight of the fascinating story she has written about our shared hometown.” Hedy Weissof The Chicago Sun-Times remarked, “The real goal of Delgado is to chronicle the many different andwidely unfamiliar layers of Latino immigrant life and history in Chicago…And she does so in a way thatwould make Studs Terkel, this city’s fabled oral historian, smile.”
Also an accomplished actress, recent stage credits include Joscasta in Oedipus El Reyat The Public Theater in association with The Sol Project, the epic five-hour 2666 at The Goodman Theatre, her star turn as Veronica opposite Jimmy Smits and John Ortiz in Motherf**ker with the Hat at The Steppenwolf Theatre and Mojada at Victory Gardens Theatre, where her portrayal of the legendary Medea earned distinction as one of the Top Ten performances of 2013 by the Chicago Tribune. Television credits include Chicago PD, Law and Order:SVU, Chicago Justice, Empire, Exorcist, Chicago Fire and Mind Games.
Sandra is also deeply committed to mentoring, advocating, and creating opportunities for her fellowLatinx theatre artists as a Producer. Her ground-breaking YO SOLO Festival of Latino Solo Shows in 2012was the first of its kind in the country. She co-curated Steppenwolf’s LookOut series during the run of her show La Havana Madrid, bringing dozens of Latinx artists to perform at Steppenwolf for the first time, and in the process creating community and a cultural hub for Latinx Chicagoans.
Saints andSinners, her new storytelling and music series, is also an extension of her drive to create more opportunities for writers and performers of color and provide a space to cultivate connection and understanding. Her advocacy work also includes serving on the Actors’ Equity Association EEOCommittee since 2005 and co-chairing their annual Spirit, A Celebration of Diversity as well as serving on the Latinx Theatre Commons advisory committee, a national advocacyorganization for Latinx Theatre artists, since 2014.
In addition to being an ensemble member of Teatro Vista (Associate Artistic Director from 2006-2008),Sandra is a founding ensemble member of Collaboraction (est. 1997), and is devoted to their mission ofcreating new works around Chicago’s most critical social issues. Sandra is the recipient of the JoyceAward, The Theater Communications Group (TCG) Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship in theExtraordinary Potential Category, a two-time Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Eventsgrantee, and a 3Arts 3AP Project Grantee, as well as a four-time nominee for their coveted 3Arts Award.Ms. Delgado is Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright, a member of Goodman's Playwright's Unit for the 2015-16 season, a TCG Young Leader of Color Alum, a current member of ALTA's Semillero Playwright's Circle and MC-10 Playwrights Group and is on the Advisory Committee of the Latinx Theatre Commons, a national advocacy group for Latinx theatre artists. She was recently honored as one of the twenty women of Chicago’s culture, past, present and future featured in Kerry JamesMarshall’s mural RUSH MORE. She is currently writing Felons and Familias, a play about a family navigating the labyrinthine immigration court system.
It was a long road, but Sandra Delgado has become a bona fide staple in Chicago theater, and she’s just now hitting her stride.
Her new play reimagines the popular 1960s Latino Caribbean nightclub La Havana Madrid.
Delgado turns in one of the best performances of her busy career, nicely avoiding the usual Medea cliches in favor of a low-key mix of latent sensuality and taciturn determination, albeit with a beast within.