Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Support The Theater N Shit

A couple of weeks ago, I took my aunt to see Ghetto Klown for Mother's Day and we had a good time. I mean, who DOESN'T love a John Leguizamo one man show? He's pretty freakin' awesome.

In this show he talked about his rise to (and fall from?) fame and all that, including the nasty behind-the-scenes business of it all that only a few of us are privy to. Like the fact that even though he'd had all these Tony-nominated shows in the past, he'd made very little money off of them. OUCH. I don't understand why the creative talent keeps getting the shaft in situations like this but that's not the point of the post.

What I'm getting at is this (and listen up NYers because this mostly applies to you): there are so many wonderful cultural programs out there waiting to be seen. All it needs is your support! Check out something at El Repertorio EspaƱol or the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Step off of Broadway and experience something new for a change.

Like these two new plays of interest:

Trouble, A New Pop/Rock Musical (which really needs you to purchase tickets in advance so that it can participate in the Midtown Festival). I know very little about this production but I know that someone reached out to me and asked for support for a creative endeavor. How could I say no? I know allllll about being a starving artist HOPING WISHING PRAYING for a chance to showcase my art; if my little site can make a difference then so be it!

La Luz De Un Cigarillo: Una Historia de Dominican-York It looks pretty interesting and I'm thinking Nina and I might check it out this weekend. After the success of The Heights it's important that we show The Great WHITE Way that YES, stage productions about and by Brown people can be successful, interesting, etc.

But whatever you choose to do, please, at least once a month or even once a year, support some sort of independent cultural event. You don't even know how much it means to the talent behind the projects to see smiling, appreciative faces applauding for their baby.

*smooches...with an extra dash of culture*
in fact, I typed this entire post with my pink stinking out *sips tea*