Empanada For A Dream

written and performed by Juan Francisco Villa
Directed by Alex Levy
co-produced with Teatro Vista
Extended thru March 23, 2013

Downtown on Allen Street everybody’s blasting music – bachata, merengue and salsa. Everybody’s cooking – plantains, paella, and empanadas. In his living memoir Juan Francisco Villa uncovers the treasures of his family’s dark legacy in the streets of New York.

After a sold-out run in New York with Ballybeg at the Barrow Group Theatre, Empanada performed in Chicago in 2012 as part of the Yo Solo Theatre Festival and at Los Angeles Theatre Center. A haunting love song to the Lower East Side, Juan’s return to his childhood neighborhood is a dangerous and hilarious tale about growing up by getting out and coming back home.

much-deserved and not-to-be-missed longer run at 16th Street Theater… what is most remarkable about Villa’s piece is that in just a few strokes, he can make each of the characters feel fully alive, warm and relatable, even as the catalog of crimes laid at his uncles’ feet grows more horrific. 3 1/2 stars” — Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

“We are fortunate to have a production of this caliber playing so close to our community.”
Doug Deuchler, Wednesday Journal

Running time is 85 minutes. No intermission.

photos from the show