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MORPHOLOGIES: Outside the Circle

November 16, 2012–November 17, 2012, 7:30 PM
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South – Minneapolis 55408


Created by Andrea Assaf and Samuel Valdez
Directed by Dora Arreola

Performed by Andrea Assaf, Samuel Valdez, and Maria Vale

Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17 at 7:30pm

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Both performances will be followed by a post-show discussion with the artists

MORPHOLOGIES: Queer Performance Festival will present performance and collaborative arts that expose, highlight and expand the spectrum of queer expression and culture, and the transformative social impact it has on the world. MORPHOLOGIES promotes the lives, politics, and experiences of the queer community, both locally and nationally. 

Outside the Circle is a funny, heartbreaking, experimental new play that brings people together across identities and communities, examining what love is, and what happens to love when we internalize society’s phobias. In the play, a straight man with cerebral palsy and a non-disabled queer woman recount their adventures, and share their woes, of unsuccessful attempts to seduce (straight) women. Their lives on both sides of the border intersect one night, when they meet at a Tijuana bar, and become entwined in each other’s stories. Their parallel and interweaving tales of unrequited love reveal the illusions of normalcy, and the liberation possible when choosing life…outside the circle.

Andrea Assafis a writer, performer, director and cultural organizer. Her performance work ranges from poetry and spoken word, to interdisciplinary theater, to community-based arts. Founder and Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc., she was Artist-in-Residence at Pangea World Theater for the 2010-11 season, through a Princess Grace Award-Theater Fellowship. Andrea has a Masters degree in Performance Studies and a BFA in Acting from NYU. She’s the former Artistic Director of New WORLD Theater (2004-09), and Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04). She has taught acting technique, voice and creative movement in New York, Boston, the Washington D.C. area, and Florida. Andrea has created and directed original works at NWT, the NY International Fringe Festival, the National Asian American Theater Festival, and more. She has toured internationally to Mexico, Poland, Nicaragua and Canada with Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro. She’s also a recipient of a 2010 Creation Fund commission through the National Performance Network (NPN); a 2007 Hedgebrook residency for “women authoring change;” and a 2004 Cultural Contact grant as an artist-in-residence with Mujeres en Ritual, in Mexico. She’s a member of Alternate ROOTS, RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers), and serves on the Board of CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists).

Samuel Valdez graduated from San Diego State University in 1991 with a B.A. degree in theater arts, emphasis in directing. He has directed a large number of Latino plays such asRoosters by Milcha Sanchez Scott, The Conduct of Life by Maria Irene Fornes, and The Guitarron. He has directed and produced several of his individual works to include Soy Yo/It’s Me, P13-Vive, and Ambos/Both (co-directed with Dora Arreola). He currently serves on the board of Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego, and is the recipient of a 2011 NALAC grant (National Association of Latino Arts & Culture). His community involvement has been one of great effort and has helped him to create and direct his works. He is full of energy and ready to take the bull by the horns, to tackle theater creation once more.

Please click here for more information on the rest of the MORPHOLOGIES: Queer Performance Festival!

Pangea World Theater is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part from support from the NPN Community Fund Program.  Major contributors of NPN include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. 


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