It may seem clear to us today that all adult American citizens should have the right to vote. But it wasn’t so long ago that discriminatory actions kept people of color from exercising their civil liberty, as 19th (and even 20th) century activists advocated for their own group while ignoring the rights of those unlike them
Just as the company of American Mariachi was finishing their final dress rehearsal at production partner Dallas Theater Center in March of 2020, the theater world as they knew it was put on pause. Now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, Director Henry Godinez traces his path from Dallas back to the Goodman stage and how that time has helped him dive deeper into the play’s emotional depths.
The characters of American Mariachi take a stand against stereotypes when they strike upon the radical idea of creating an all-women mariachi band. Chicago is home to its own all-women mariachi band: the Mariachi Sirenas. Group co-founders Eréndira Izguerra, (who plays Tía Carmen in American Mariachi) and Ibet Herrera share how representation has the potential to change a culture.
In honor of Pride Month, we share stories from GeNarrations participants Barbara McBee and Michael Jackson from Radclyffe Hall, which was established as an affinity space for LGBTQIA writers. Before COVID-19, the storytellers at Radclyffe Hall met every week at Sidetrack Chicago in the heart of Boystown.