The VORTEX presents the debut of (Un)Documents, a new play written and performed by Jesus I. Valles, August 10-18, 2018. With a single phrase, you can give up your country. With a single signature, you can tear a family apart. With a single word, you can learn to transform. In his first full-length solo show, (Un)Documents, award-winning actor and poet Jesus I. Valles journeys across both sides of a river with two names, moving between languages to find his place as a son, a lover, a teacher, and a brother in a nation that demands sacrifice at the altar of citizenship. In doing so, he creates a new kind of documentation written with anger, fierce love, and the knowledge that what makes us human can never be captured on a government questionnaire. Directed by Rudy Ramirez.
The 2nd week of performances, (Un)Documents serves as the flagship performance of FUTURX, a festival of new and avant-garde LatinX performance designed to explore the many permutations and intersections of LatinX identity in the 21st Century and beyond. Presented in partnership with Avante Theatre Project. We will feature work from playwrights, solo performers, and improv troupes that dives deep into the complexities of LatinX identity, exploring and critiquing the ways that Latinidad engages with questions of race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexuality, religion, class and citizenship. Each night of the festival, (Un)Documents will be followed by a different late-night performance. These late-night performances include an encore performance by Latinauts, Austin’s award-winning improvised sci-fi telenovelas, solo work by local actors, and an evening of burlesque and spoken word called Sin Verguenza featuring the reigning Queen of Texas Burlesque, Chola Magnolia (crowned at the Texas Burlesque Fest this year).Saturday daytime programming will feature FREE readings of plays by Krysta Gonzales and Briandaniel Oglesby, as well as a workshop of Glass Half Full’s collaboration with Jesus I. Valles and Gricelda Silva, which will use the myth of El Cucuy to speak about ICE and the Border Patrol. Together, these pieces offer no easy answers, ranging far afield from traditional forms and insisting that we find new ways of articulating our relationship to each other as a multinational community in a neocolonial world. A detailed schedule will be posted at www.vortexrep.org.