The Wasteland and Daryo’s All-American Diner

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​The Wasteland
Ellyzabeth Adler returns in her iconic role as the “fortune teller” and ensemble member in the production that began Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble in 2001. 

T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, has a cast of four illuminating “the lost generation” of post-WWI European society and the human soul’s search for redemption using Ellyzabeth Adler’s unique style of danztheatre that blends together dance, theatre, music and video imagery into a visceral theatre experience.  Written in a stream of consciousness, it seeks out what humans are looking for, a constant connection in life. Once we accept our future, there is an inner calming that happens to our soul.

The Chicago Tribune wrote, “Adler gently joins artistic forces, even to the point of making the exposed-brick walls of the space speak with a wizened sense of melancholy. When the shadows of the four ensemble members unobtrusively get superimposed on, say an image of a dead tree facing a treacherous sea…conveys in a tactile, aesthetically gorgeous way, the mystical power of fragmented moments weaving through our minds.”

Daryo’s All-American Diner
Directed by Luis Pascasio, the play finds its strength through a multiracial assembly of characters creating a montage on which to view the ongoing anti-Asian hate from a perspective that engages cross-cultural healing and understanding.

The pandemic brought the entire world to its knees and the challenges that it poses after a two-year wrath unravels the delicate fabric upon which our moral and cultural values find its true humanity. For its 32nd theater season, CIRCA Pintig, the Filipino American community arts organization, brings to the stage the story of the Daryo family in the fictional town of Lakeside, Illinois and how a tragic incident transforms their sense of humanity and community.

​Written by Conrad A. Panganiban, Daryo’s All-American Diner is a new play about resilience seen through the lens of a Filipino family who struggles to keep a family business open at the height of the pandemic. May, the 40-year old daughter who manages the diner is torn between keeping the business afloat despite mounting expenses or sell the business altogether. As she tiptoes on navigating these choices, her mother April and her African American surrogate aunt Alberta suffer the brunt of racial hatred. May is forced to revisit her decision as family and friends redefine what binds them together as a community. The play sets the tone for how a traumatic act of violence can lead to an act of grace when Daryo family and friends find new joy in honoring the legacy of Augusto Daryo, the late father whose culinary prowess makes Daryo’s All American Diner ‘all American’.

Ticket Information:
General Advance tickets: $20
Students 16 + and Seniors $13
ALL Tickets will be $25 at the door

Performance Dates/Information:
Fridays and Saturdays: May 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Gallery and Doors Open: 7:30pm
Performance: 8pm
Bar and Concessions remain open 30 minutes before and after the show

Auditorium at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave.

Running Time
2 hours (includes 15 min intermission)
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Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

1650 W. Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
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