Destinos: The 2nd Annual Chicago International Theater Festival runs Sept. 20-Nov. 4. Produced by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance ( see related story by Amelia Orozco ), the festival will spotlight artists from Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States. Below are companies presenting shows with LGBTQIA themes. For a full schedule, visit CLATA.org, or call 312-631-3112.
Sept. 20-23: Musas/Muses by Néstor Caballero
Presented by Water People Theater in a co-presentation with American Writers Museum and The Poetry Foundation, Caballero's piece imagines an encounter between two icons of contemporary art, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and American poet Sylvia Plath. Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St.
Sept. 27-29: El Patio/The Patio ( North American premiere ) by Oscar GonzÃ lez, David Korish and Janko Navarro.
From Costa Rica's Teatro Abya Yala, El Patio offers glimpses of masculinity in different situations, exploring the impossibility of fulfilling the societal idea of what it means to be a man today. Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St.
Oct. 4-7: Quiero Decir Te Amo/I Want to Say I Love You ( North American premiere ), by Argentina's Humo Negro.
A drama about a car accident and a chance encounter that leads to a series of love letters and an unexpected romance. Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St..
Oct. 5-6: La Prietty Guoman/Pretty Woman ( U.S. premiere )
From Mexico City's Teatro de la Ciudad Cabaret, a cabaret style narration of the life of an exuberant, brown, indigenous transgender woman who is a fan of the film Pretty Woman. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.