Saturday Oct 26, 2013
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Brian Herrera returns to Albuquerque for a night of autobiographical storytelling.
with the premiere presentation of Boy Like That, a collection of (mostly) never-before-heard true-life tales. Boy Like That features stories from Herrera’s new shows-in-process (Confessions of a Stealth Latino and Touch Tones) as well as “deleted scenes” from his previous show, I Was the Voice of Democracy. His stories run the gamut from schooltime humiliations to phone-sex craziness to family spookiness and are told with his own signature mix of silliness, sweetness and smarts. By turns, a writer, teacher, and scholar, Herrera is presently based in New Jersey, but forever rooted in New Mexico. His work, both academic and creative, examines the history of gender, sexuality, and race within and through U.S. popular performance. He is currently at work on two book projects — one on “playing Latino” in twentieth century U.S. popular performance, and the other, a scholarly history of casting in American entertainment. His autobiographical solo show, I Was the Voice of Democracy, premiered in Albuquerque in 2010. It has since been seen in more than a dozen states, as well as in Beirut and Abu Dhabi. It was also aired on KUNM’s Radio Theatre program. From 2007 to 2012, Herrera taught undergraduate and graduate courses in World Theatre History and Performance Theory in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico. In 2012, he joined the faculty of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.