Sandra Delgado's music-filled sensation returns after sold-out Chicago runs! Join us for this Teatro Vista and Collaboraction co-production at The Den Theatre's Heath Mainstage May 11 - June 30, 2019!

Immerse yourself in La Havana Madrid, the music-filled 1960s Caribbean nightclub that held stories of romance, gentrification and new beginnings of Chicago's Latinx community. The vibrant, musical venue drew throngs of recently-arrived Latinxs to the city's north side with the pulsing sounds of the decade - from mambo to salsa - and became a cultural hub where these new Chicagoans flocked to celebrate and remember.

Filled with live music and inspired by real life stories, this intimate reimagining of the lively 60's music club will capture your heart and leave you mesmerized.

Three seating options are available for La Havana Madrid:

Front Row Premium Table Tickets: Plush velvet chair seats at a cafe table in the front row ($60)

Floor Premium Table Tickets: Plush velvet chair seats at a cafe table on the Floor ($50)

General Admission Tickets: Standard theatre seating in raised rows ($35)

Mezzanine Table Tickets: Plus velvet chair seats at a cafe table on the Mezzanine ($45)

Performances take place at The Den Theatre's Heath Mainstage at

1331 N Milwaukee Ave - Chicago

“A masterpiece of writing and acting”

— Chicagoland Musical Theatre Review

“Sandra Delgado's heartfelt and fascinating musical tribute...

is a celebration”

— Chicago Tribune

“An immersive and wholly enjoyable experience"

— Chicago Reader

La Havana Madrid Artists

Written by SANDRA DELGADO      Directed by CHERYL LYNN BRUCE

Production Team


Costume Design by ELSA HILTNER

Lighting Design by HEATHER SPARLING

Video Design by LIVIU PASARE

Choreography by WILFREDO RIVERA

Original Sound Design by MISHA FISKEL


Production Manager JENNIFER APARICIO

Stage Manager CAITLIN BODY

Assistant Stage Manager SUNNIVA HOLMLUND  

Casting by MADI DELK

Sound Engineer RAE SEGBAWU


La Havana Madrid …… SANDRA DELGADO

Maria …......................... AYSSETTE MUNOZ

Carlos …....................…. VICTOR MUSONI

Tony …........................… MIKE OQUENDO 

Carpacho …...............… MARVIN QUIJADA   

Maruja …...................… ALIX RHODE  
Henry ……..................... TOMMY RIVERA-VEGA
Myrna …....................…. ILSE ZACHARIAS  


La Havana Madrid ….. RACHEL CERDA

Maria ....................……. BIANCA CORRAL
Maruja ..................……. VERONICA GUTIERREZ
Carpacho ............…….. JOEY HUIZAR
Tony .....................……. CARLOS VEGA 
Carlos ...................…… NATE PEREZ

Myrna ...................…… ALLYCE TORRES
Henry ...................……. LUIS TUBENS

La Havana Madrid Playwright Sandra Delgado

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Sandra Delgado is a Colombian-American actor, writer, and producer born and raised in Chicago. She wrote and starred in La Havana Madrid, a Teatro Vista production at both the Steppenwolf Theatre and The Goodman Theatre. La Havana Madrid, Teatro Vista’s best-selling show in its 25-year history, played to sold out houses, and deeply resonated with Chicagoans from all different backgrounds. La Havana Madrid received recognition as one of the best plays of 2017 by Time Out Chicago (including the audience award for Best New Work) and New City Chicago. It was nominated by the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists (ALTA) for the Maria Irene Fornes New Play Award and received an ALTA Award for Best Production.

In addition to her writing, Delgado is also a respected veteran of the stage, with a career spanning almost two decades. She recently co-starred in La Ruta at Steppenwolf Theatre. Other acting highlights include Jocasta in Oedipus El Rey at The Public Theater, the epic five-hour 2666 at Goodman Theatre, her star turn as Veronica opposite Jimmy Smits in Motherf**ker with the Hat at Steppenwolf Theatre, and Mojada at Victory Gardens Theater, where her portrayal of Medea earned distinction as one of the Top Ten performances of 2013 by the Chicago Tribune.

Delgado is also deeply committed to mentoring, advocating, and creating opportunities for her fellow Latinx theater artists as a producer. Her groundbreaking YO SOLO Festival of Latino Solo Shows, co-produced by Collaboraction and Teatro Vista in 2012, was the first of its kind in the country. She co-curated Steppenwolf’s LookOut series during the run of La Havana Madrid, bringing dozens of Latinx artists to perform at Steppenwolf for the first time, and in the process creating community and a cultural hub for Latinx Chicagoans. Saints and Sinners, her new storytelling and music series, is also an extension of her drive to create more opportunities for writers and performers of color and provide a space to cultivate connection and understanding. Her advocacy work also includes serving on the Actors’ Equity Association EEO Committee since 2005 and co-chairing their annual Spirit, A Celebration of Diversity for the last three years as well as serving on the Latinx Theatre Commons advisory committee, a national advocacy organization for Latinx Theatre artists, since 2014.


In addition to being an ensemble member of Teatro Vista (Associate Artistic Director from 2006-2008), Delgado is a founding ensemble member of Collaboraction (est. 1997), and is devoted to their mission of creating new works around Chicago’s most critical social issues. She is the recipient of a 2018 3Arts Award, the Joyce Award, The Theater Communications Group (TCG) Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship in the Extraordinary Potential Category, a two-time Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events grantee, a 3Arts 3AP Project Grantee, and received the 2017 Latina Professional of the Year Award from the Chicago Latino Network. Delgado is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a member of ALTA's Semillero Playwright's Circle, and a 2015/2016 member of the Goodman Theatre’s Playwright’s Unit. She is one of the 20 women of Chicago arts and culture honored in Kerry James Marshall's mural RUSH MORE on the facade of the Chicago Cultural Center. Her new play, Felons and Familias, the inaugural "In the Works" commission for Theatre on the Lake, received a workshop production as part of TOTL's 2018 season and was featured in The Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival this past fall under the new title, Hundreds and Hundreds of Stars.

La Havana Madrid Director Cheryl Lynn Bruce

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Cherly Lynn Bruce is a proud Ensemble Member of Teatro Vista, and among the 20 women of Chicago arts and culture honored in Kerry James Marshall's Rushmore, the Chicago Cultural Center’s majestic mural. She directed the world premiere of La Havana Madrid, and most recently directed Pipeline at Victory Gardens Theatre. Last season she won the African American Arts Alliance Black Excellence Award and earned a Jeff nomination for directing Congo Square Theatre’s 2017 production of Jitney. She also served as Assistant Director of Tamer of Horses and A View From the Bridge, both Teatro Vista productions.  

She won both the African American Arts Alliance Black Excellence Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award for Outstanding Direction (2002) of From The Mississippi Delta (Congo Square Theater). Other directing credits include: Para Graciela (Collaboraction Theatre Company); Milkweed: A Solo Play (Columbia College-Links Hall, Northwestern University); Spunk (University of Illinois at Chicago, Congo Square Theater); Cage Rhythm  (University of Illinois-Chicago, Theatre School at DePaul University); and Permanent Collection (Indiana University Northwest); Resurrection and Drip (eta Creative Arts Foundation). 


Ms. Bruce was named Inaugural Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College (2006), and traveled to Japan to study Bunraku puppetry for her staging of Rythm Mastr, Kerry James Marshall’s urban comic which premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2008.

Production Sponsors

Maria Bechily &

Scott Hodes

Adela Cepeda

Cheryl Lynn Bruce &

Kerry James Marshall

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Michael & Mona Heath

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to June 30!