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by Claudia Soroka
Directed by: Marcela Salas

October 31, November 1 & 2, 2019: 7:30pm
November 2: Brief Q&A with playwright following performance
November 3: 3:30pm


Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH)
3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002


Phone sales (MATCH Box Office): 713-521-4533
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Wednesday - Friday | 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Saturday - Sunday | 2 hours before every ticketed performance

Information: mail@gentedeteatro.org | 713-826-0445 * 713-410-8370


Seating is limited at MATCHBOX 1. Early tickets purchase is strongly recommended to guarantee your seat.
These performances have a NO LATE SEATING policy.

October 31 at 7:30pm & November 3, 2019 at 3:30pm (Performances in Spanish)
General Admission: $25

November 1 & 2 at 7:30pm (Performances in Spanish)
General Admission: $30

CAH 2019 / IHCH members with promo code: $26
You can apply the promo discount code after you have specified the number of tickets you would like to purchase.
Seniors (65+) with ID: $25

About the play

A year before its twenty-fifth anniversary, Gente de Teatro & “Madenusa” return this Fall! While serving as a mirror of Fernández Tiscornia’s “Made in Lanús” (“Made in Argentina”) presented to the public in 2011, Claudia Soroka’s play also underscores one of the multiple facets of the immigrant community. In an attempt to restart a life that had been interrupted, this time Mabel and Osvaldo, long-time residents of the USA, have invited “la Yoli” and “el Negro” (*) to come from Argentina for a visit. What happens when the world one left behind is suddenly back? With dexterity and a sensitivity honed by life itself, Soroka has created an amusing piece, fresh and engaging, highlighting the experience of the immigrant and delving into the intricacies of adjusting to a different culture. The play evokes time and time again the dilemma of those who left as well as the impact of their decision on the ones who stayed behind.

An invitation to reflect and rejoice while remembering past choices and celebrating the freedom to make them.

(*) Commonly used Argentine term of endearment.

Directed by: Marcela Salas
Cast: Esteban Gago, Ana Ilvento Scuseria, Claudia Soroka & Jorge Zambra

Playwright: Claudia Soroka

Claudia Soroka was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1982 she emigrated to the US and has lived in Houston with her family since then. In 1985 she attended a performance of Nelly Fernández Tiscornia’s “Made in Argentina,” a play that significantly influenced the start of her artistic career while pointing out the cultural imperative to bring Latin American theater works to Houston. In 1987 she began her stage work as a participant in groups and workshops, and in 1988 “Esperando la carroza” by Jacobo Langsner signals her theatrical debut. Since then she has engaged in a number of theatrical endeavors including Joseph Rumbaut’s film “Marianao Kid.” In 1995, together with Marcela Walter Salas and Esteban Gago, she founded Gente de Teatro, a group whose mission is to make Latin American and Spanish plays more widely known in the original. Soroka has not only been the Executive Director of the organization for all of its 25 years of existence, but has acted in each its theatrical productions. In 2011, Gente de Teatro staged Fernández Tiscornia’s “Made in Argentina” at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to great acclaim. In the role of “La Yoli,” Soroka reached a landmark of her acting career by performing in the play that had been her original inspiration. Soon after that she embarked on her next challenge: playwrighting, and the result of such endeavor is “Madenusa.” Not necessarily autobiographical, the play does, however, reflect the vicissitudes of leaving one’s old life behind and adapting to a totally new one. Such was the creative impulse for “Madenusa” that will run in Houston on October 31 & November 1-3.


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Matchbox: Seating

These performances have a NO LATE SEATING policy. We will be unable to seat ticket-holders immediately once the performance has begun.
Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the performance to ensure enough time to get to your seat.

Young patrons

Madenusa is suitable for Middle school-aged audiences & up. The play doesn’t have inappropriate material for minors. However, the theme of the play is oriented to adults. Children ages 6 and younger are not permitted at any time to attend Gente de Teatro productions.

Photographs & videos

No photography/videos will be permitted during the performance.

Matchbox: Location

The MATCH site is 3400 Main Street, between Main to the East and Travis to the West, Holman to the South and Francis to the North.
MATCH is two blocks South of Elgin and three blocks north of Alabama. The MetroRail makes a stop a half-block south of the MATCH at the Ensemble/HCC Station.

Matchbox: Parking

General Parking. These are the places to park when you visit the MATCH. Like most of Midtown, you will have to pay to park, but prices are reasonable.

Close to the MATCH is the Mid-Main Garage directly to the south across Holman. This garage is accessible through Travis St. or Holman St. and is open 24 hours.

Using a GPS? We have found that inputting 3505 Travis St. into your GPS or phone will take you to the entrance of the parking garage on Travis St.

Parking can be paid by credit card or cash at the designated pay machines.
Parking rates are as follows:

5:00 AM to 6:00 PM - Please note that if you park between these hours, you are subjected to this rate if you stay beyond 6:00 PM.

  • First 15-minutes are free
  • 1 hour or less - $3.00
  • 1.5 Hours - $4.50
  • 2 Hours - $6.00
  • 2.5 - 3 Hours - $7.50
  • Each Additional ½ hour - $1.50
  • Daily MAX Rate is $15.00
  • Lost Ticket is $15.00

6:00 PM to 4:00 AM

  • First 15 minutes - Free
  • 1 hour or less - $4.00
  • Each additional 1/2 hour - $1.00
  • Nightly Max Rate - $7.50
  • Cars left after 4 AM - $15.00

After 9 PM

  • Flat Rate - $6.00
  • Cars left after 4 AM - $15.00
  • Lost Ticket - $15.00

Please note that Travis St. is a one-way street traveling north.

Mid-Main has two surface lots. One lot is located at the southeastern corner of Main and Holman, directly to the south of Trinity Church. This lot is available all day on weekdays and Saturday, and after 2 PM on Sunday. The other lot can be found at the southeastern corner of Fannin and Winbern. This lot is open to the public. Both of these lots have their own pay station where patrons can pay to park. Parking can range between $3 to $7, depending on the hour of the day. Cash only.

If a parking attendant is present, they should be wearing a Mid-Main shirt or vest on, and will collect your money and hand you a parking voucher to place on your dashboard. If no attendant is present, you will pay the cash box located near the entrance to the lot.

Accessible Parking
Accessible parking is available at the Mid-Main parking garage. Parking spots designated for accessible parking are located at all entrances of the parking garage.

Patrons can also be dropped off on the Travis St. side of the MATCH through the curbside drop off zone.

Street Parking
There is also street parking available nearby (marked in yellow on map). Some of this is free and some is metered. Please be observant of all parking signage when choosing to park on the street.

* Please note that parking on Holman Street in front of the MATCH is NOT available.

The MATCH does not provide valet services for public events. For groups looking for the best location for passenger drop offs, we recommend you drive up to our Travis St. entrance. There is an area for vehicles to pull in and drop off passengers.

More information: matchouston.org/location-parking