Over the last several years, Adelina Anthony has embarked on a new body of work rooted in personal/familial/communal history. "The Xiqana Xronicles" series begins with her newest play, "Brusing for Besos."
Tempered with doses of good humor and reflection, "Bruising for Besos" is a full-length, solo performance that explores domestic violence in queer and straight relationships. In it, a 20-something Xicana, "Yoli Villamontes," recreates distant and not-so-distant memories to explore the effects of physical and emotional abuse. Anthony's signature blend of sympathy, honesty and humor moves the story swiftly through scenes of childhood, young and cocky lesbian-club seduction and the tempestuous relationships that follow.
"Bruising for Besos" has its world premiere on February 20 at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Davidson/Valentini Theatre. Performances run through March 15, with shows every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25 Available at www.lagaycenter.org/boxoffice or call 323-860-7300
(Student tickets: $15 with valid ID. Available at the box office only.)
Award-winning Xicana-Indigena artist Adelina Anthony is a nationally recognized author, actor and comedian. She received the 2007-08 C.O.L.A. Fellowship from the City of L.A. for Solo Performance, and is a member of AEA, SAG & AFTRA. Author's website