Rose Guccione is Doña María Murtfeldt Triaca de Agustini in LOS CÁLICES VACÍOS at the Instituto Cervantes de Chicago


Los Cálices Vacíos/The Empty Chalices

A play by Judy Veramendi
Directed by Madrid St Angelo

In commemoration of the centennial of the death of the great Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini.

Performances in English:
Tue, April 1, 2014 – 7:00-8:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago
Sat, April 5, 2014 – 12:00-1:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago
Mon, April 7, 2014 – 7:00-8:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago

Funciones en español:
Martes, 8 de abril, 2014 – 7:00-8:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago
Viernes, 11 de abril, 2014 – 7:00-8:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago
Sábado, 12 de abril, 2014 – 12:00-1:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago

Or at the door
$25 adults; $15 students, seniors, or groups
Discounted parking at garage just east of Cervantes Institute; Red line stop Grand & State.
Information: 224-522-2083

Los cálices vacíos/The Empty Chalices offers a look at the Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini through the eyes of the American writer Judy Veramendi, who was captivated by the suggestive works that the poet created.

“Intense and exquisite, the work enthralls the audience from the first moment to the last…” (La Raza, Chicago, May 2003)
“Delmira comes alive in a play written by a ‘gringa’ (El Observador, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2003)
“Playwright Judy Veramendi shows an unusual dedication to the life and art of Uruguayan writer Delmira Agustini—and it’s wholly warranted… Hearing Agustini’s imagistic, word-drunk paeans to ‘the ineffable’ is immensely rewarding.” (Chicago Reader, May, 2003)

Collaborating Organizations:

Gobierno de la República Oriental del Uruguay–Consulado General en Chicago
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
Centro Cultural Internacional Latino (Chicago) / International Latino Cultural Center (Chicago)


Delmira Agustini lived and wrote 100 years ahead of her time; as one critic noted, “She was the first woman to write freely of women’s feelings about love, sensuality, and art.”  Her poetry was considered scandalous for many years in her home country of Uruguay. This absorbing play depicts her life and works up until the age of 27, when all threatened to end at the hands of a jealous ex-husband.  Exquisite and sensuous, the play will enchant you from beginning to end.

Rose Guccione is Little Buttercup in H.M.S. PINAFORE



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H.M.S. PinaforeThe Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company three (3) performances of H.M.S. Pinafore, a comic opera in two acts:

Fri 14 Mar 2014 – 8:00 PM, Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St, Chicago tix
Sat 15 Mar 2014 – 8:00 PM, Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St, Chicago tix
Sun 16 Mar 2014 – 2:00 PM, Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St, Chicago tix

Performances take place at Mandel Hall from March 14th through the 16th. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 PM, with a Sunday matinée at 2:00 PM. Tickets can be ordered online at H.M.S. Pinafore Tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the ticket hotline, 773-702-2787, or by visiting the UChicago Arts Box Office in the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th Street,Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6 PM. Patron tickets are $50; general admission tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students and children under age 12. Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street, is located at the southwest corner of University Avenue and 57th Street in Hyde Park on the University of Chicago campus.

Joseph Arko (Captain Corcoran)
Charlie Barnick (Boatswain)
Daniel Grambow (Carpenter)
Rose Guccione (Little Buttercup)
Edward Hanlon (Dick Deadeye)
Michael Orlinsky (Sir Joseph Porter)
Tanya Roberts (Hebe)
Katherine Skovira (Josephine)
Alan Taylor (Ralph)

Cal Audrain (associate producer)
Brittany Dee Bodley (costume designer)
Darrin French (choreographer
Jeff Glass (lighting designer)
Victoria Granacki (scenic designer)
Mike Hennessy (stage manager)
Roger M. Huff (associate producer)
Woo Chan Lee (assistant conductor)
Nancy Levner (producer)
Charlie Marie McGrath (director)
Rachel Watson (prop designer
Robert Whalen (music director)

H.M.S. Pinafore – or The Lass That Loved a Sailor was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth collaboration and their first blockbuster hit. The comic operetta opened in London in 1898 and ran for 571 performances. When it premiered in Boston the following year, one critic wrote, “Going to Pinafore has become a mania.” The plot revolves around thwarted love between members of different social classes, namely the daughter of the gentlemanly Captain of the Pinafore who has fallen in love with a common sailor but is betrothed to the First Lord of the Admiralty. In true Gilbert and Sullivan fashion, true love reigns. The show includes such familiar songs as “I’m Called Little Buttercup,” “When I Was a Lad,” and “I am the Captain of the Pinafore.”

Rose Guccione is “The Widow Piper” in Victor Herbert’s BABES IN TOYLAND!


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“For a little remembrance in the heart of a child means more to me than anything else in the world” – The Toymaker

Chicago Folks Operetta presents four (4) performances of Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland, an operetta in three acts:

Fri 6 Dec 2013 – 7:00 PM The Nineteenth Century Club (Oak Park) tix
Sat 7 Dec 2013 – 11:00 PM The Nineteenth Century Club (Oak Park) tix
Sat 7 Dec 2013 – 3:00 PM The Nineteenth Century Club (Oak Park) tix
Sun 8 Dec 2013 – 7:30 PM The Nineteenth Century Club (Oak Park) tix


Ed Budzilowicz – Master Toymaker
Jason Baker – Gonzorgo
Erich Buchholz – Uncle Barnaby
Damon Cole – Tom Tom
Gerald Frantzen – Alan
Rose Guccione – The Widow Piper
Alicia Hurtado – Bo Peep
Daniel Hurtado – Roderigo
Alison Kelly – Contrary Mary
Elise LaBarge – Jane

The story follows the adventures of two orphans, Jane and Alan, who are trying escape their evil Uncle Barnaby’s clutches. Barnaby, in an attempt to gain their fortune, arranges for them to be lost at sea, but they are rescued by gypsies and make their way to their friend Contrary Mary’s garden. Contrary Mary, however, believing her beloved Alan to be dead, has runaway with her brother Tom-Tom rather than agree to marry Barnaby. Jane and Alan are once again duped by Uncle Barnaby whose two stooges leave them in a spooky forest. Thanks to the kindness of fairies, they are led out of the forest and into Toyland. Things turn topsy-turvy as Barnaby arrives in Toyland and tries to convince the Toymaker to turn against the children. After all the hilarious hijinks the lost lovers, Mary and Alan and Jane and Tom, are re-united and Barnaby learns he must change his ways.


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