About This Show
Monday, February 13 and Monday, February 27
Steppenwolf’s 1700 theatre is transformed into Tumbao, the Familia Pilon’s bar and the best place for a salsa night, baptism, séance or wedding reception. Unbeknownst to the Familia Pilón, the community of stray cats has decided to make the family the stars of a radionovela, broadcast from the bar itself. By transmitting to the rest of the world what happens within Tumbao’s walls they hope to share the infectious energy of the family to keep the community thriving through its desperate fight against gentrification. Be warned, Tumbao is not myth or legend, but real, and therefore unscripted. Improvised live on Monday nights, a special show for you performed by an unsuspecting crew.
WGN-TV's Ana Belaval, Pulitzer Prize winning author Mark Konkol and comedian/producer Mikey O will guest star in Tumbao on February 13th.
Gabe Ruiz and Marvin Quijada will guest star in Tumbao on February 27th.
Cast & Artists
Jo Cattell: Creator and Director
Lorena Diaz: Creator and La Toya
Wendy Mateo: Creator and Janet
Karen Rodriguez: Lila
Isaac Gomez: Ricky
Salome Martinez: Ensemble
Tumbao is a part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - a multi-genre performance series, presenting a wide variety of work from a diverse array of voices and artists, emerging and established alike.
The LookOut Series takes place in the 1700 Theatre, an intimate cabaret style venue with a mix of seating options. All LookOut shows are general admission, and specific seats cannot be reserved. The 1700 Theatre is located behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks - Steppenwolf's new cafe and bar.
“Think John Leguizamo in female bodies.” Lisa Levinson, Time Out
“It’s really a brilliant move by director Jo Cattell…” Jordan Swisher, THEASY.com
“Jo Cattell directs, using this original idea brilliantly.” Gwen Oral, Irish Examiner
“Jo Cattell’s worls premiere presents a compelling plot with an ingenious twist in its tail.” Sureka Fernando, Ham&High
“…played with just the right touch by the always reliable Marvin Quijada, who once again proves, the size of the role is not as important as the quality of the performance…” Alan Bresloff, Around The Town Chicago
Karen Rodriguez: “…Rodriguez is heart-wrenching.” – Alex Huntsberger, Time Out