Join Free Street Theater and its collaborating artists from across the city as they lift community stories in a series of FREE public performances in Pilsen, Little Village, South Shore, Humboldt Park, and Garfield Park.
About Papelitos Guardados/Paper Memories:
From knitting circles to backyard barbecues, Chicago is full of stories – and secrets. Every neighborhood has its history-keepers: the ones who know the whole story, the ones who remember what really happened, the ones who can tell you what’s really going on. In Papelitos Guardados/Paper Memories, people from neighborhoods more often narrated by outside players than the residents themselves invite audiences to share in one-night only performances about the ways their communities are changing – and what people are doing to keep their histories alive.
The result is a multi-sited, multi-media series across two September late-summer weeks. Melissa DuPrey leads a live performance installation comprised of recorded interviews from community members in Humboldt Park. Taking place in South Shore, artist Felicia Holman and multigenerational storytellers answer questions and share memories about the observed post-“white flight” impact on South Shore. Join Hilda and intergenerational native crafters in Pilsen to share stories while creating crafts. In Back of the Yards, Maritza reframes the neighborhood with an interdisciplinary art reception. In Garfield Park, Annette Britton showcases young to older stories from 18 years old to 100 years old.
Performance dates, times, and locations:
**Humboldt Park: September 4th at Urban Theatre Company, 2620 W Division St., 7:00pm
**Back of the Yards: September 12th at Free Street’s Storefront, 4346 S. Ashland Ave., 6:30pm
**South Shore: September 13th at South Shore Library, 2505 E. 73rd St., 6pm
**Pilsen: September 14th at Harrison Park 1824 S. Wood St. (Community Room), 5pm
**Garfield Park: September 15th at Annette’s Backyard, 3221 w. Washington Blvd., 3:00pm