Su Teatro will host visiting national artists Art2Action in a new play Outside the Circle, as part of its annual visiting artist series. Outside the Circle, written by Andrea Assaf and Samuel Valdez, examines the nature of love, and what happens to love when we internalize society’s phobias. In a Tijuana bar, a straight man with cerebral palsy and a queer woman recount their adventures, and share their woes, of unrequited love. Their parallel and interweaving tales reveal the illusions of normalcy and the liberation possible when choosing life…outside the circle.
Su Teatro co-commissioned the new work along with Minnesota’s Pangea World Theater, the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center and the National Performance Network. The new movement theater work, directed by Dora Arreola, premiered in Minnesota in March. Performed by Samuel Valdez, Andrea Assaf, and Maria Valle, the play looks at queerness in multiple ways, from lesbian sexuality to the non-normative experience of living with a disability, and offers a rare and extraordinary opportunity to bring people together across identities and communities.
The company will be in residency for ten days and will participate in various outreach activities including workshops and a brown bag lunch, and will culminate with the three performances May 10 -12, 2012.
A bit about the company:
Dora Arreola is a Theater Professor at the University of South Florida, she has studied various forms of movement based theater all over the world. She is the founder of the Mujeres en Ritual, an experimental dance theatre company who performed in places including Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the US. In addition, Arreola has directed more than 30 productions from Cherie Moraga to Moliere. Andrea Assaf is the former Artistic Director of New World Theater, a member of Mujeres en Ritual, a spoken word performing artist and the Founder and Artistic Director of Tampa’s Art2Action. Samuel Valdez is a San Diego/Tijuana based theater artist, he is a director of many Latino productions and a playwright (Outside the Circle is his 7th play). He works with San Diego’s Centro Cultural de la Raza as director of their new youth acting company.
The funny, heart-breaking, experimental piece about the trials and tribulations of love – one that illuminates the limits of social constructs and opens the question of liberation in new ways.
All performances are at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center @ the Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204 on May 10, 11 and 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20/General, $17/ Students and Seniors, Comadre groups of 12 or more $12 each. For information/ tickets call (303) 296-0219, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or check out www.suteatro.org.