LOS ANGELES, CA – Define American presents Prieto, an autobiographical one-man show written by nationally acclaimed poet, educator, and performance artist Yosimar Reyes. Known for his frequent exploration into themes of migration and sexuality, Reyes takes his audience on a journey into his experience growing up queer in the ‘hood of East San Jose.
Through the playful, lovably naive lense of an 8-year-old Reyes, Prieto tells the story of an overprotective grandmother who recycles bottles to support her family while her grandson wonders why they can’t have money like his friends. It tells the story of chismosa vecinas (gossipy neighbors) who peek through their windows and watch as the neighborhood boys tease young Reyes for “acting like a girl.” To escape from the taunting and the daily toil, 8-year-old Reyes creates an imaginary world for himself — one made up of books and ’90s R&B.
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The unique magic behind Prieto is the authenticity of Reyes’ voice — the complex intersection of young Reyes’ coming-of-age and coming-into-understanding of his queerness and his identity as an undocumented American. Reyes masterfully navigates topics that are often grave and entrenched in struggle, and he instead offers levity and celebration of becoming his full self against the backdrop of poverty, politics, and an unshakable spirit. Prieto remains unabashed and unapologetic in its critique of oppressive laws and traditions while offering truth, clarity, and above all joy.
The 2018 run of Prieto is directed by Kat Evasco, produced by Jose Antonio Vargas, and features the visual art of award-winning projection designer Joan Osato.
Prieto’s workshop performance will take place at Company of Angels located at 1350 San Pablo St, Los Angeles, CA 90033. The show will be performed three times, Thursday, July 12 – Saturday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. each night. Tickets are available for purchase starting at $20 at https://goo.gl/bMU5Rj.
About Yosimar Reyes
Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed poet, performance artist, and speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of “13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World” and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of “10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know.”
His first collection of poetry, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly… was published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. His work has also been published in various online journals and books including Mariposas: An Anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press), and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press). Reyes was featured in the documentary, “2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry.”
About the Director Kat Evasco
Kat Evasco is an award-winning writer, stand up comedian, and performance artist. Evasco is best known for her national touring autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest, co-written and directed by John Caldon. Evasco studied acting and personal narrative storytelling with Anna Deveare Smtih and playwriting with Cherríe Moraga. She has performed at venues including the Haha Cafe, San Jose Improv, the Purple Onion, Napa Valley Opera House, Logan Center for the Arts, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and FringeArts. She also serves as the dramaturg for Prieto.
About the Producer Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and media entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media advocacy organization that uses storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity in a changing America. His work on documentaries as a writer, producer and director have aired on CNN (Documented), MTV (White People) and Showtime (The Other City). His first book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, will be published by HarperCollins in fall 2018. Vargas was a member of the nominating committee of The Tony Awards.
About the Projection Designer Joan Osato
Joan Osato is an award-winning projection designer and recipient of the MAP Fund for Dreaming of You: The Unauthorized Education of Selena and the Queens of San Antonio in collaboration with Richard Montoya and Sean San Jose. She has brought her multiplicity of producing and design talents to LWP Repertory works such as The Break/s, Word Becomes Flesh, Scourge, Tree City Legends and Mirrors in Every Corner, and plays for Campo Santo including The River by Richard Montoya, and Alleluia, by Luis Alfaro, directed by Jonathan Moscone. In 2014 she produced the plays Chasing Mehserle, by Chinaka Hodge, Spiritrials by Dahlak Brathwaite, and Nogales by Richard Montoya and Sean San Jose.
About Define American
Define American is the nation’s leading non-profit media advocacy organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. For more information, visit https://defineamerican.com/arts/
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS
Prieto. Comedic, autobiographical, one-man show written and performed nationally acclaimed poet, Yosimar Reyes. This new comedy chronicles the journey of a young queer and undocumented immigrant growing up in the hoods of East Side San Jose. This show aims to humanize and uplift the stories of undocumented immigrants in a time of heightened anti-immigrant sentiments under the Trump Administration. Performances will occur at Company of Angels located at 1350 San Pablo St, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 12-15 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $20-$30 sliding scale at https://goo.gl/bMU5Rj. Info at https://defineamerican.com/arts/