About This Show
To the U.S.-owned factories in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.
Isaac Gomez is an award-winning Chicago-based playwright, originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. La Ruta’s route to the stage included workshops and readings at Teatro Luna, Victory Gardens Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Goodman Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. An important work from an important young voice, we are proud to feature the world premiere of Isaac’s La Ruta as part of our Main Series and Sandra in her Steppenwolf directing debut.
From the playwright
“Every single woman in this play is based on a real person. And although some names have been changed for their protection, the violence they face and their resilience have not. I made a promise to these women that their stories would be heard by as many people as humanly possible, and through this world premiere at Steppenwolf, we are one step closer to keeping that promise -- to bear witness and carry their stories forward. As a queer Mexicano from the border, I owe my entire existence to Mexican women. This play is for them. Para todas. Para siempre.”
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Cast & Artists
- Author Isaac Gomez
- Director Sandra Marquez
- Scenic Designer Regina Garcia
- Costume Design Christine Pascual
- Lighting Design Jesse Klug
- Sound Design Mikhail Fiksel
- Projection Design Rasean Davonte Johnson
- Music Direction Zacbe Pichardo
- Vocal Direction Andra Velis Simon
- Fight Choreography Gaby Labotka
- Company Voice & Text Coach Gigi Buffington
- Stage Manager Christine D. Freeburg
- Assistant Stage Manager Amanda Landis