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blu: World Premiere in Los Angeles, CA

by Virginia Grise


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I am seeking funds for the World Premiere production of my play blu. An epic poem for the stage, blu traces the explosive after-effects of prison and hunger, desire and war. Told in a heightened poetic language of street talk, the play follows a queer Chicana/o family as they try to envision an earth and sky without police and their helicopters.

On October 14th, 2011 blu will premiere at Company of Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The oldest non-profit professional theater in Los Angeles, Company of Angels produces theater that reflects and responds to the richness, diversity, and complexity that is LA. blu will be directed by theatre legend Laurie Carlos and will have a five week run. An OBIE Award-winning actor, Laurie created the role of Lady in Blue in Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf.  Two time BESSIE Award-winning choreographer, writer and director, Laurie Carlos has developed new characters and daring aesthetics for the stage for over 30 years.  

We have an incredible cast and a dedicated team of designers but we need your help to give this production its fullest life. It takes an army of people to put on a play. It truly is a community effort. Your contribution will be used to cover production costs (including artists' fees) for blu's Los Angeles opening.

Selected from over 950 submissions internationally blu was the winner of the 2010 Yale Drama Series Award. Contest judge and renowned playwright David Hare commented, "blu is technically expert…Grise’s choral effects are thrilling and unexpected. But, just as important, the play uses a heady mix of Latino and musical influences to cast oblique light on people you don’t usually come across on the English­speaking stage.”

blu was also a finalist for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Latino/a Playwriting Award and Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Award. The play is already being taught at Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, University of Florida, and The University of California at Santa Cruz and will be published in September 2011 by Yale University Press. It has had staged readings in New York, Chicago, Austin, Atlanta and Los Angeles but has yet to receive a full production. Los Angeles is its home and we look forward to the world premiere in October. 


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    • September 23, 2011 Barbara Renaud Gonzalez Artist

      Can I cry now, Vicki! for this vital obra. It's time, it's time, and if I can't make it there I have faith will see this work in NYC where it belongs and in San Anto! wish I had a million dollars to give you...

    • September 21, 2011 Arnaldo J. López Community Member

      Vicki: Jorge & I are excited to see this project near its goal!

    • September 17, 2011 Cherrie Moraga Community Member

      If I do not make it there, I send you every blessing, 'manita for puro exito! break a giant, para!

    • September 16, 2011 Arnaldo J. López Community Member

      A truly exciting project worthy of a premiere!

    • September 15, 2011 Daniel Alexander Jones Community Member

      Virginia Grise is a necessary voice at this moment in our country's journey. She offers us truth and music and hard dancing and deep laughter and balm, baby, balm in the stories we've been longing to hear.

    • September 09, 2011 Erica R. Edwards Community Member

      I am so proud to support this amazing work!

    • September 09, 2011 Irma Mayorga Community Member

      Donation made in the memory of my father, Rogelio Mayorga, who spent his life surviving the military as an enlisted man direct from the Valley of Tejas and dreaming of happiness for his children.

    • September 08, 2011 Sharon Bridgforth Artist

      I encourage all that can to support this project! This is ground breaking/innovative/timely Work...with collaborators of the highest caliber. I will be in the audience opening weekend!