A Theater Performance
Written and performed by Karen Anzoategui and directed by Marcos Nájera
January 23-25, 2015
¡Ser! is a riveting and hilarious personal narrative about a queer Latina’s strained relationship with two homes: Los Angeles and Buenos Aires. Spending years in both of The Americas, Karen dreams of a pilgrimage to meet soccer idol Diego Maradona and see him play. A strained upbringing and American migration amidst major moments in Argentine history leaves Karen with some interesting role models: an over-sexed Argentinean English teacher and a mute that communicates via horn. Watch Karen remove negative influences to find community and love in pursuit of a ¡GOL!
This unique theatrical experience includes live music, soccer tricks, some James Brown dancing, and Karen’s charismatic and engaging storytelling. Soccer fanaticism, sexual identity, political repression and economic collapse are all a part of a transnational Latino experience that doesn’t get more real, fun, and poignant than this.
¡Ser! is a riveting and hilarious theater performance which won Best Original Music and Best Musical Direction from LA Weekly’s 2014 Theater Awards.
Karen Anzoategui is a genderqueer writer, performer and artivist from Los Angeles. Karen is most known for the solo show, ¡Ser! a Queer Transnational Tale, originally inspired by CA immigration legislation HR4437 and social upheaval in Argentina, and a finalist for the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in New York City in 2012. Now in its 7th year. Karen’s second full length solo show, Catholic School Daze, is work-shopping at universities, with an interactive component that transforms the audience into participants and involves local area outreach to LGBTQUIA counseling centers, therapists, social workers and community healers. Other performance credits include: ProClitvities, directed by Virginia Grise at Highways Theatre, Henry V & The Changeling with Independent Shakespeare Co., and Sissy, written and produced by Ricardo Bracho.