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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Theatre chess - World premiere of Fish Men - story of chess hustlers!

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The Goodman Theatre has announced that it will add a world premiere to its 2011-12 season: “Fish Men,” a play about urban “chess hustlers” by the Puerto Rican playwright Candido Tirado. Slated for April 2012, it’s a co-production with the Teatro Vista theater company, part of the partnership between the two Chicago companies. The show will be directed by Edward Torres.

In Fish Men, according to Goodman's April 20 announcement, "a group of chess hustlers engage each other in spirited matches on a hot summer day in Washington Square Park, hoping to draw unsuspecting players into a high-stakes hustle. Their patience is soon rewarded by the appearance of Rey Reyes, a young student who naively agrees to their challenge. But as the game progresses, the chess tables are turned — raising the stakes and revealing the traumatic circumstances that have made them seek refuge in a game that has become their obsession. Resounding with biting humor and unexpected pathos, Fish Men focuses on a group of unforgettable characters, drawn together by their need to overcome individual tragedies."
Playwright Tirado, who has since become a chess master rated by the United States Chess Federation, said in a statement, "When I graduated from college, I decided I wanted to combine two great loves of my life: writing plays and playing chess! But it wasn't until 2000, as I was walking by the chess tables in Washington Square Park, that suddenly the play Fish Menrevealed itself to me. Outwardly, the play deals with the cruel art of the chess hustle — but underneath is man's inhumanity towards his fellow man."

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  • At April 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey, Alexandra, thanks for posting. If you are in Chicago at the time of the production contact me in facebook and you will have two tickets.


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