Love in the Time of Piñatas Staged Reading
This dazzling staged reading comes with extra sprinkles. Do-nut miss it!
This performance was first presented on October 24, 2020. This is a recording of that event.
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“The whimsy and sparkle and shine are always sly and smart.” –San Francisco Chronicle
Hilarious and deliciously biting, this play brings love, piñatas, and donuts to the fight against injustice, hatred, and oppression in all its flavors (but especially the orange-tinged variety). Writer, performer, and comedian Baruch Porras Hernandez shares stories of his journey as a Queer Latino boy growing up in Toluca, Mexico, and immigrating to California. Using poetry, stand-up comedy, and sweaty go-go dance vibes, Baruch serves up everything from Rainbow Brite realness to Frida Kahlo glitter magic along the way. Love in the Time of Piñatas played to sold-out crowds in San Francisco and this staged reading is a special adaptation for the PCS Remix: Play Reading series. Grab your party hat and get ready to take a bite of this deep-fried, frosted goodness!
What is a staged reading? A staged reading is a kind of theater without full sets, lights, or costumes. Actors generally read directly from scripts and may be seated, standing, or move through the space using some staged movement. In the early development of a new script, staged readings help playwrights and directors assess the effectiveness of a script's dialogue, pacing, and flow. In this case, Love in the Time of Piñatas has already had a full, critically acclaimed production. It's an opportunity for PCS to share a relatively new script with our audiences and to introduce you to a very exciting theater performer. Baruch will incorporate props, music, and movement into this reading.
Meet the Cast
Baruch’s solo show Love in the Time of Piñatas got a “clapping man” from the SF Chronicle and was performed to sold-out houses at Epic Party Theatre in December of 2019. Love in the time of Piñatas had a preview performance at Brava Theatre in 2017. In June of 2019, his solo show All My Friends Are Depressed sold out Brava Cabaret and returned with Epic Party Theatre later that August. He was one of the playwrights of FUGUE with Detour Dance Theatre in 2017. He has been an artist-in-residence at The Ground Floor — Berkeley Rep, is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwriting, and has workshopped his solo shows at The Marsh Theatre. He was born in Toluca, Mexico, and lives in San Francisco.
Corey is a school librarian, dancer, live theater enthusiast, and farmers' market regular. These days you can catch him reading, practicing pirouettes at home, or cooking big pots of soup. This is his third production with Baruch Porras Hernandez and Epic Party Theatre.
Danny is a writer and kink columnist whose awards include fellowship from Lambda Literary, Ragdale Foundation, and Kundiman. Find him online: @engrishlessons.
Meet the Creative Team
Richard is queer, Mexican-American director based in San Francisco. Richard has previously worked with such companies as Center Theatre Group, Shotgun Players, Halcyon Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, New Conservatory Theatre Center. Richard is the founder and lead producer for Epic Party Theatre in San Francisco. B.F.A.: The Theatre School at DePaul University. SDC Associate. richardamosqueda.com
Macarena is excited to be back working with Portland Center Stage. She previously served as a production assistant for PCS’s productions of 9 Parts of Desire, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and In the Heights. She was lucky enough to serve a stage management internship with Cirque du Soleil, where she worked on their Vegas show Zumanity. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.F.A. in Stage Management, where she stage managed Good Kids, Into the Woods, Arcadia, Cats, and the U.S. premiere of The Beautiful Game.
Portland Center Stage at The Armory is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).