March 14 – April 13
Written by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1946, La Fulana Respetuosa examines pre-Civil-Rights-era racism in the southern United States through the story of Lizzie MacKay, a white prostitute targeted by police and politicians to collaborate in framing a black man for a crime he did not commit.
In this unflinching critique of the impacts of race, sex and class prejudice on American society, Sartre interrogates the politics of self-preservation, power and the pursuit of justice. What choice do you make when there are no good options on the table?
Aguijon’s production re-imagines the script with a musical dimension, featuring songs interpreted by well-known local singer Alba Guerra throughout the piece. Guerra functions as a kind of narrator for the piece, giving musical voice to Lizzie’s conscience, past, hope and pain.
Performed entirely in Spanish with a cast of primarily Latino actors, this interpretation brings a fresh perspective to a harrowing period of American history whose legacy continues today. What has improved since 1946 and what has stayed the same? What has gotten worse? In today’s City of Chicago, with its history of race- and gender-based law enforcement violence and its status as the most racially segregated city in the country, these questions are far from hypothetical.
The cast features director Sándor Menéndez and other Aguijón ensemble members: Marcela Muñoz, Jessica Kadish, Oliver Aldape, Elio Leturia and Alba Guerra; and guest actor Ramón Smith in his second appearance on the Aguijón stage. Muñoz and Kadish will be portraying the role of Lizzie MacKay on alternating weekends.
The Respectful Prostitute is presented in Spanish with English supertitles.
Street parking available. Additional free parking available at Grace English Lutheran Church lot (2725 N. Laramie Avenue—entrance on Parker).
For mature audiences. Sexual content, strong language and violence.