Albany Park Theater Project’s award-winning youth theater ensemble celebrates our 21st birthday with the world premiere of Ofrenda, a constellation of real-life stories about creating home in turbulent times, performed by an ensemble of 35 teens in our home theater in one of the most diverse immigrant neighborhoods in the country.
In Ecuador, a girl coats herself with chicken feathers so she can fly across borders in search of her father. In Chicago, a boy hears his family dream of the day they can go back home and wonders where is home if not here? In Damascus, a teen teaches herself English as the bombs and gunfire of civil war creep ever closer. Years before “undocumented and unafraid” or DACA, a new student at a fancy Chicago university hangs La Virgencita in her dorm room, telling no one the secret of her status. At an American Embassy, a young woman interviewing for a visa denies the culture burning fervidly in her heart. In front of ICE headquarters in the Chicago Loop, a grandmother gives a press conference vowing to fight a deportation order.
And this spring, in an intimate theater in one of the most diverse immigrant neighborhoods in the United States, Albany Park Theater Project’s award-winning youth theater ensemble conjures these and more real-life stories to create Ofrenda.
A love song, a requiem and an incantation, Ofrenda is inspired by real-life stories gathered by APTP teens about how we turn here into home.
We are thrilled to announce that our next original performance, Ofrenda, is being written by Chicago playwright Isaac Gomez and directed by longtime APTP artistic leaders Stephanie Paul and Maggie Popadiak. Ofrenda will be performed by APTP’s largest ever ensemble, 33 teens ranging in age from 13 to 18, all of whom are co-creators on the show. Ofrenda begins performances April 25 at our home theater in Albany Park.