Written and performed by Jesus I. Valles
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
"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.
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. A detailed schedule is available at www.vortexrep.org.