Photo by Alison Moon
MASTERING SEX & TORTILLAS!
A two-act solo comedy comprised of the high-drama diva La Profesora Mama Chocha, an academic struggling with her own dyke drama, who teaches her class some valuable lessons on "tortillerismo." The second act features the debonair, Papi Duro, an old-school butcha who examines the historical (albeit invisible) role of jotería during the Chicano Movement. She connects her "embodied knowledge" to the next generation of butchas in the making. Part stand-up, part performance art, part teatro, and not to mention the always guaranteed improvisations--this unique show has lots of buttery flavor with its hilarious and unflinching examination of Chicana/Xicana lesbian sexuality. (Self-directed)
REQUIEM FOR QUEER AMOR
This full-length solo drama set at the turn of the 19th century focuses on the Wild West through a queer lens. It gets even wilder when Sancha, a butch-macha queer ancestor comes to life. She's a pistol-carrying womyn lover, a shrewd cantina owner, and a harmonica playing aficionado. With a strong corazón shaped by life en la frontera, her story celebrates the struggle of survival, love, y claro... good whiskey. The performance traverses the complex terrain of marginalized queers, nation-formation, anti-migration, and other taboo frontiers. The last performance included special invited guest artist, Magaly: La Voz de Oro, a queer ranchera singer. (Self-directed)
LA ANGRY XICANA?!
A full-length comedy show that features Adelina's trademark salacious, brazen, and Spanglish humor. La Angry Xicana?! weaves together critiques on Hollywood, the U.S. corporate media, purported lesbian gang epidemics, The L Word, conservative politics, health issues, religious icons, post-welfare life, and the semi-sacred courtship that happens only among queer womyn of color. As in all of her works, the show commits to positioning lesbian Xicana/Latinas as the ideal viewership and operates from queer/feminist/indigenous perspectives. Using comedy as a weapon of choice, the show examines possible sources of contemporary and historical anger among womyn of color. Oh, and people, she's really not angry… she's just getting even! (Directed by D'Lo)
LA SAD GIRL...
The comedy just "goth" darker! This full-length comedy is the follow-up to her first riotous and thought-provoking La Angry Xicana?! In this next solo, the one and only hilarious, lesbian Xicana talks about everything from ultra-dramatic break-ups to good old fashioned BDSM. Along the way she also turns the political tables on homophobia, higher education, anti-immigration, and Xicanas who date by tribe, all along keeping up with her numerous "therapy" sessions. "La Sad Girl" attracts new fans and "sex-slaves" each time she performs the FICTION of her life story. Yes, she's in the middle because she loves to be sandwiched by lesbians. And lest you forget, she's the boss... SILENCE! (Directed by D'Lo)
La Chismosa!!! is a full-length comedy show that takes up hilarious stereotypes and even dares to create new ones! This tear-drop Xicana "kills" her audience with her "critical locura" and her naughty jokes. It's the Xicana-Indígena lesbian in rare (raw) form. Among its many themes, La Chismosa!!! interweaves migratory border issues, the juxtaposition of Xicana-Indigeneity with pop culture, Facebook chisme, single motherhood, intra-cultural dialogues about in-fighting and tokenism, mental issues for Xicanas who may be a wee bit delusional and paranoid… and, as always, a provocative look at sexuality through Adelina's embellished character(s). Who knew making the return to Coatlicue could be so much work, uh, fun! (Directed by D'Lo)
BRUISING FOR BESOS*
Our protagonist, Yoli Villamontes, recreates distant and not-so-distant memoria to explore the effects of physical and emotional traumas rooted in domestic violence. The performer embodies a host of characters to take us through her fraught journey which is tempered with doses of good humor. This groundbreaking solo play is one of the first to explore domestic violence in both queer and nonqueer relationships. (Directed by Rose Marcario)
This solo play was edited by Dr. Tiffany López and published in Spring 2010 in The Journal of MALCS. It is the basis of inspiration for the upcoming feature film, a derivative work, written and directed by Adelina Anthony/ produced by AdeRisa Productions.
UPCOMING SOLO WORK: Las Malcriadas: Raised Poorly and Still Behaving Badly
The creation/development of some of Adelina's theatrical works have been supported through a City of Los Angeles Solo Fellowhsip, National Performance Network Creation Fun, allgo (A Texas Statewide Queer People of Color Organization) and various university sponsors who have provided workshop production space, residencies and resources.
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