Another Word for Beauty

By José Rivera
Originally produced at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL
January 16, 2016 - February 21, 2016

About the Premiere Production:

(Carmen Zilles, Danaya Esperanza, Helen Cespedes, Stephanie Andrea Barron, and Zoë Sophia Garcia. Photo by Liz Lauren.)

Each year the female inmates at a Bogotá, Colombia prison compete in a beauty pageant intended by their jailers to motivate and rehabilitate them. While the pageant’s parade of glamorous gowns, exotic headdresses and rhythmic dances provides a distraction from daily suffering, its real impact on each woman is more than skin deep. Inspired by true events, Another Word for Beauty is a haunting and soulful examination of women trapped within a prison’s walls and the events and circumstances that led to their arrests.

Cast: Stephanie Andrea Barron, Helen Cespedes, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Dan Domingues, Danaya Esperanza, Zoë Sophia Garcia, Marisol Miranda, Yunuen Pardo, Socorro Santiago, Heather Velazquez, and Carmen Zilles.

Director: Steve Cosson
Music: Héctor Buitrago
Scenic Design: Andrew Boyce
Sound Design: Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
Costume Design: Emily Rebholz
Projection Design: Mike Tutaj
Wig and Makeup Design: J. Jared Janas
Collaborator: The Civilians
Dramaturg: Neena Arndt
Production Stage Manager: Briana J. Fahey
Casting: Adam Belcoure and Erica Sartini-Combs

• " Review: 'Another Word for Beauty' about pageant in a Colombian prison," Chicago Tribune, January 28, 2016
• "Another Word for Beauty," TheaterMania, January 27, 2016

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