Carlos Murillo selected for 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work

Carlos Murillo's The Killing of a Gentleman Defender has been selected for the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work in Chicago with a reading scheduled on July 21 at 4pm. The festival runs from July 19 - 21 and is produced in association with Teatro Vista and the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists  of Chicago (ALTA), and hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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In some rooms he’s Martin. In others he’s Martín. Hired by a well-funded arts institution on Chicago’s Northside to create a show with Chicago youth about violence on the Southside, Martín finds himself torn not only by the pronunciation of his name, but by the conflicting needs of the institution and the young people they believe they're “serving,” and by a city in a death struggle with its own divided self. Does Martin/Martín make an exploitative confessional docudrama? Or does he try to find a metaphor? Reaching into his own history, he unearths, with his young ensemble, the story of the 1994 murder of soccer star Andres Escobar in Medellín, Colombia, hoping a past-tense allegory of violence in a deeply divided, faraway city will illuminate violence in the deeply divided Chicago of now. When a very real act of violence hits home, what story will Martin and his youth ensemble tell?