World Premiere Comedy to be Staged at The College of Wooster

Joto!: Confession of a Mexican Outcast to be performed Wednesday and Thursday

18 April, 2016 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster will present the world premiere of Joto!: Confessions of a Mexican Outcast Wednesday and Thursday (April 20-21) in Shoolroy Theatre (across the hall from Freedlander Theatre — 329 E. University St.). Admission is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

The new comedy is directed by Jimmy A. Noriega, assistant professor of theatre and dance at Wooster, and written and performed by Carlos Manuel Chavarria, a solo performer from the Bay Area. The play is the result of a two-year process during which the two worked together on the development of the script.  

“The show explores what it means to be a queer, undocumented Latino living in the United States,” says Noriega. “It is based on interviews and the playwright's autobiography, and touches upon the difficulties of living on the margins of multiple communities, as well as the impact of law and social stigma in the areas of education, family, love, and the arts. It is the first play to explore the intersections of mixed-status (undocumented/citizen) gay relationships in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

Additional information about the performance is available by calling 330-263-2541.