Carlos-Manuel Chavarria (pictured), the chair of the Contra Costa College Drama Department, is set to perform his one-man play, JOTO: Confessions of a Mexican Outcast, at the school on Friday.
The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m at the John and Jean Knox Performing Arts Center at the corner of Castro and El Portal drives. Tickets are available at the door for $5. CCC students can enter for free.
Chavarria’s play examines his experiences as a queer Mexican immigrant in the U.S.
“It is the first play to take on the intersections of mixed-status (undocumented/citizen) gay relationships in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality,” the school said.
Chavarria’s plays often involve social justice. He attended San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton before transferring to Santa Clara University, where he received his BA in Theatre and Languages. He also completed the MA degree in Directing from the University of New Mexico, along with the MFA in Playwriting from Arizona State University.
“As an actor, I always felt there aren’t many shows or roles that speak to my experiences as an immigrant and as a person of color so I decided to write shows for me the way John Leguizamo and many of my theatre mentors have done,” says Chavarria.
Photo of Carlos-Manuel Chavarria performing in Hate Mail. Credit to The Advocate.
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