How paths crossed to connect Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, Claudio Valdés Kuri and Henry Godinez.

Pictured: Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes’ production of Becket or the Honor of God by Jean Anouilh. Photo by: Juan Pablo Virgen.

1997—Claudio Valdés Kuri establishes Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes in Mexico City, Mexico. The group begins rehearsal for a production of Becket or the Honor of God by Jean Anouilh, which begins performances in 1998.

July 2003—The Grey Automobile is presented at Goodman Theatre as part of the inaugural Latino Theatre Festival, curated by Henry Godinez.

March 2009—Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes returns to Chicago to present their piece Monsters and Prodigies at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

El Gallo at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011. Photo by Mara Sanchez-Renero.

April 2011—The MCA invites Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes to Chicago again, this time to present another work of theirs, El Gallo.

July 2014—At an event in Tijuana, Mexico sponsored by the Theatre Communications Group, Godinez introduces WT Artistic Director Michael Halberstam to Valdés Kuri.

February 2015—Halberstam visits Mexico City to see a production of Calderon’s Life Is a Dream at Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, adapted and directed by Valdés Kuri.

October 2016—Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes premieres Quixote: Vencedor de si mismo, a theatre piece adapted from Cervantes’ Don Quixote, at the worldrenowned Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Pictured: Henry Godinez, Claudio Valdés Kuri, December 2016.

December 2016—Godinez visits Mexico City to see Quixote. He and Valdés Kuri discuss ideas for bringing the show to Chicago. Valdés Kuri suggests Godinez play the role.

Pictured: Michael Halberstam, Claudio Valdés Kuri and Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes company member Guillermo Garcia Proal.

January 2017—Godinez approaches Halberstam about producing Quixote at WT.

March 2017—Writers Theatre commits to produce an English translation of Quixote as part of its 2017/18 season. Playwright Georgina Escobar is commissioned to translate the play to English.

May 2017—Valdés Kuri visits Glencoe for the first time, conducts auditions and holds production meetings for the upcoming WT production.

September 2017—Quixote: On the Conquest of Self begins performances at WT.

State of the Art: November 2017
IN CONVERSATION: CLAUDIO VALDÉS KURI