Next Performance



by Claudia Soroka

May 2, 3 & 4: 7.30pm | May 5: 3.30pm

English Surtitles only on Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4

Hamman Hall, Rice University
Rice Boulevard, Entrances 20 y 21

[CAMPUS MAP - Building 24]


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May 2, 7:30pm & May 5, 3:30pm
General Admission: $20
Students: $15

May 3 & May 4, 7:30pm (English Surtitles) | May 4: Q&A session with playwright following performance
General Admission: $25
CAH/ IHCH Members & Seniors (65+) with ID: $20
Students with ID: $15
Groups 6+ : Call 713-410-8370

Paid tickets can be picked up at Will Call Window around 15 minutes before showtime.

You can also send a check to: Gente de Teatro, P.O. Box 56671, Houston, TX 77256 (Postmarked by April 22, 2019).
Please list day of performance, ticket categories, email & phone number.

The Box office opens 45 minutes before showtime on performance days. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Cards are accepted.

Deadline to request reimbursement for cancellations: April 30, 2019.

About the play

A year before its twenty-fifth anniversary, Gente de Teatro is proud to announce the premiere of “Madenusa,“ by the Argentine playwright Claudia Soroka. While serving as a mirror of Fernández Tiscornia’s “Made in Argentina,” presented to the public in 2011, Soroka’s play also underscores one of the multiple facets of the immigrant community. “Madenusa” offers a portrait of the author, of our craft as actors and, above all, of our public.

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: Sergio Amsel, 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 May 2-5.


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Hamman Hall, Rice University: Seating

The house is general seating. It is advised to arrive to the theater 20 minutes prior to the performance.

English Surtitles: Suggested Seating

Please follow the suggested seating recommendations posted at the Hall entrance.
Hamman Hall Seating Chart (PDF File)

Hamman Hall: Late Seating

Re-entry to the theatre during the performance is at the discretion of the House Manager. If you do arrive after the performance begins, the House Manager will identify an available seat for you.


No photography will be permitted during the performance.

Children at the theatre

Children ages 5 and younger are not permitted at any time to attend Gente de Teatro productions.

Rice University, Hamman Hall: Parking

Hamman Hall, Rice University (Building 24)
Rice Blvd., Entrances 20 or 21
Houston, TX 77005
Campus Map

Gente de Teatro patrons coming to HAMMAN HALL may park in the North Visitors Lot (Entrance 20 or 21) or the North Annex Lot (Entrance 20), using a credit card. Parking in this lots will be charged at a discounted rate of $7 between 6:30pm and 8pm.

Visitors paying with cash only should park at the Central Campus Garage, at the regular rate.

At no time can anyone park on Campanile Road, nor in the Mudd cul-de-sac, for longer than 15 minutes.

Entrance 21 is the closest access to Hamman Hall. When you park at North Visitors Lot, you face the back of Hamman Hall building on Campanile Rd. Look for Gente de Teatro’s signs and walk to the front entrance of the building.

Parking is also available in Greenbriar Lot, west of the stadium, with entry at entrances 13A off of Greenbriar Dr., and 16 off on Rice Blvd. If you park at Greenbriar lot you can walk towards Hamman Hall. It is an approximately 15-minute walk.

North Lot & North Annex Lot (BY CREDIT CARD ONLY):

Machines at the entrance gates will instruct the driver to insert a credit card (American Express, VISA, MasterCard or Discover). When exiting after the event, the gates will be open with the arms up. The credit card will be charged $7 – a discounted rate.

Central Campus Garage (BY CASH or CREDIT CARD): $1 per 12 minutes, $11 daily maximum – not a discounted rate.

At the garage entrance, the driver pulls an entry ticket from the machine or uses his credit card to open the gate. If the visitor pulled a ticket, he or she will carry the entry ticket with them when they exit the car. When ready to leave, the visitor stops at the "pay-on-foot" machine near the elevators. As instructed by the machine, the visitor inserts the ticket into the machine and is shown the amount owed. The visitor may then pay with cash (coins or paper currency) or credit card (if paying with credit card, it can be done directly at the exit gate). The machine issues an exit ticket. The visitor then drives to the exit gate, inserts the exit ticket, and the gate opens. To print a receipt, the visitor can push the button next to the word "Receipt" on the pay-on-foot machines.

Greenbriar Lot (CREDIT CARD ONLY): $3 per entry per day.

More information about parking may be obtained from the Parking office website or by calling 713-348-2020 / 713-348-2023.