Another Word for Beauty

Another Word for Beauty

By José Rivera

Originally produced at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL

January 16, 2016 - February 21, 2016

About the Premiere Production:


(Carmen Zilles, Danaya Esperanza, Helen Cespedes, Stephanie Andrea Barron, and Zoë Sophia Garcia. Photo by Liz Lauren.)

Each year the female inmates at a Bogotá, Colombia prison compete in a beauty pageant intended by their jailers to motivate and rehabilitate them. While the pageant’s parade of glamorous gowns, exotic headdresses and rhythmic dances provides a distraction from daily suffering, its real impact on each woman is more than skin deep. Inspired by true events, Another Word for Beauty is a haunting and soulful examination of women trapped within a prison’s walls and the events and circumstances that led to their arrests.

Cast: Stephanie Andrea Barron, Helen Cespedes, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Dan Domingues, Danaya Esperanza, Zoë Sophia Garcia, Marisol Miranda, Yunuen Pardo, Socorro Santiago, Heather Velazquez, and Carmen Zilles.


Director: Steve Cosson

Music: Héctor Buitrago

Scenic Design: Andrew Boyce

Sound Design: Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen

Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel

Costume Design: Emily Rebholz

Projection Design: Mike Tutaj

Wig and Makeup Design: J. Jared Janas

Collaborator: The Civilians

Dramaturg: Neena Arndt

Production Stage Manager: Briana J. Fahey

Casting: Adam Belcoure and Erica Sartini-Combs