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LA Latino Theater Group Seeks Immediate Funds for NYC Trip

Only days remain for local Latino theater group to raise $12K to perform their Brown and Out Plays as part of the Fringe Theater

By Arturo Toledo
Published on LatinoLA: July 17, 2014


LA Latino Theater Group Seeks Immediate Funds for NYC Trip


Quick! Log on to: http://www.hatchfund.org/project/brown_out_does_new_york

Since Brown & Out first opened in 2011, the theater ensemble has been dedicated to celebrating the Latino/a LGBTQ experience on stage for all audiences to hear. Over the past three years, we have produced 29 short plays by established and emerging writers at Casa 0101 Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

In 2013, Brown & Out was the first American theater group to present U.S. Latino/a theater works at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin, Ireland. As the show continues to develop, what I am most proud of is the platform Brown & Out has created for new artists ‘«Ű actors, directors, writers, designers ‘«Ű to share their voice and contribute to the growing cross-genre of 21st century U.S. Latino/a LGBTQ Theater.

Now in 2014, we've been offered the amazing opportunity to perform at the 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), and share with our first east coast audience what it means today to live brown, out, and proud.

Brown & Out's east coast and New York premiere at Teatro SEA offers a collection of six comedic and dramatic short plays that touch on many parts of queer Latino life, such as: coming out to family, searching for love, transgender identity, and loving and accepting yourself no matter what. The six short plays are:

"Gay Cholo Charm School" by Miguel Garcia

"Sunday Brunch" by Rosa Maria Rodriguez

"The Gay Ghost Whisperer" by Josefina Lopez

"Whittier Blvd" by Michael Patrick Spillers

"Safe" by Miguel Garcia

"Crazy" by Natalie Camunas

Six actors will portray multiple roles in the short plays presented at The New York International Fringe Festival. The ensemble cast includes Natalie Camunas, Blanca Melchor, Martin Morales, Andres Rey Solorzano, Cesar Solorzano, and Carla Vega. The New York premiere is directed by Martin Morales and produced by Miguel Garcia. Crew personnel are Maura McGuinness, Lighting Designer/Show Technical Director; Sophia Sanchez, Stage Manager; and Ben Vargas, Asst. Stage Manager.

If our fundraising campaign is successful, Brown & Out will perform five shows at the New York International Fringe Festival. FringeNYC is the largest multi-arts festival in North America with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. This will be an incredible opportunity to share our queer Latino themed works with audiences from all over the world. The interest in the Festival grows every year and last year drew 75,000 people to downtown Manhattan.

Our current budget need is $25,000, but we are asking for a minimum of $12,500 to cover the travel costs for all 10 of our ensemble members. All 10 artists ‘«Ű 6 actors and 4 crew ‘«Ű are extremely critical to performing our plays in New York. If we are missing one person, we cannot perform at the New York Fringe Festival and share these inspirational stories with our first east coast audience.

If we overfund the project, funds will be used to cover remaining costs, including housing accommodations, meals, and paying our talented team for their artistic contributions to the project.

Thank you for taking the time out to visit Brown & Out's page and please consider making a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation and to help send us to New York!

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