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KAREN ANZOATEGUI & MARCOS NAJERA – Catholic School Daze
August 26, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT$15 – $20
Sunday, August 26 @ 7:00pm
As part of its summer-long BEHOLD! Queer Performance Series. Highways Performance Space, Artistic Director, Leo Garcia, presents Brain Craze & Catholic Daze, a shared evening of new work from Karen Anzoategui and Marcos Najera. The evening features Anzoategui’s “Catholic School Daze,” directed y Najera, and Najera’s “[Neuroplasticity: The Brown Brain]”, directed by Juliette Carrillo.
In her newest solo work in progress, Karen Anzoategui explores religion, spirituality, gender and sexuality while being forced to attend Bishop Amat Catholic High School. Finding her calling to follow the steps of Jesus and 265 hours of Christian Service later, she is accused of committing a “crime” she did not commit. Forced to take the blame in front of the entire school for an act of “lesbianism,” Karen gets condemned to eternal hell in the library and bathroom stalls where no one was around to bully her. Her dreams of serving with Jesus are destroyed, her morale and self-esteem vanished.
Najera’s [Neuroplasticity: The Brown Brain] is one man’s search to understand mental health in colored folks. Najera started his theatrical exploration asking “How do our brains break?” Now he want to know “How do our brains actually work?” And ultimately, he wants to discover “How can we help our brains grow?” In Najera’s own family, mood disorders are present but no one is talking about them. Najera notes “we rarely talk honestly about what is happening to us in smart, productive, useful ways.” As Najera began his preliminary investigations for this project, he gleaned that most families of color, and indeed most people, also stay silent or ignorant about mental illness. Najera hereby declares war on the silence, stigma and stupidty! Weaving together narratives from scientists, doctors, writers and you and me, he creates the on-stage conversation that has yet to happen about mental health in America.
Advance ticket purchase for general admission $15 at (ticket link). $20.00 at the door.
Discount tickets for pre-sale online at special price of $15.00
$20 general admission
$15 members, students, seniors