By Isaac Gómez
Directed by Anna Skidis Vargas
The heartbreaking story of a border town, a bus route and the women of Ciudad Juárez who are disappearing. Inspired by real testimonies from women affected by the ongoing femicides along the border, Isaac Gómez’s La Ruta weaves together beautiful storytelling and music in a celebration of the resilience of Mexican women in the wake of tremendous loss.
For at least two decades, the women of Juárez, known as “the capital of murdered women,” have been disappearing along the bus route to and from the U.S.-owned maquiladoras where they work. Despite the dangers, the promise of opportunity and paid jobs forces them to make the trip along la ruta as they struggle to support their families. The play shifts back and forth through time following the story of two mothers, Yolanda and Marisela, as they fight to uncover the truth about their missing daughters.
Contains mature content and discussion of violence against women. Some audiences may find content presented as part of this piece triggering. Suitable for audiences 17+.
La Ruta is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Learn more about La Ruta
- Listen to interviews with the creative team about the production process.
- Visit the digital La Ruta lobby display.
- Watch a roundtable with the cast of La Ruta.
October 23 at 7:30 p.m. CST
October 24 at 7:30 p.m. CST
- Beyond the Screen: Telling the Story of La Ruta - Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog
- Theater review: La Ruta keeps pace with its digital medium - Sightlines
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The world premiere of La Ruta was produced and presented at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL;
Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director and David Schmitz, Executive Director
This project was developed with support from the Pivot Arts Incubator Program at Loyola University Chicago
Titles, dates, artists and venues are subject to change.