D’Lo’s D’FunQT extended AGAIN! DisOriented Comedy Texas Tour May 7-10 & OTHER news!

** First Off – I’m on this LIST with other great people who are South Asian!!!

10 Great South Asian Americans you Probably Haven’t Heard Of, but Should…

** D’FunQT Extended Until May 16 & 17!
eventbrite.com/e/dlo-dfunqt-tickets-15980664598

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I cannot be more proud of how this run is going. The 3 weekends were packed up w/ friends & other folks and people are saying INCREDIBLE things about the show – so much so, that the LGBT Center had already EXTENDED the run for May 1-3 AND NOW extended AGAIN for May 16 & 17. All nights were sold out so far, so if you were planning on seeing the show, get your tickets now!
eventbrite.com/e/dlo-dfunqt-tickets-15980664598

DisOriented Texas Comedy Tour

disorientedcomedy.weebly.com

Disoriented Comedy is coming to Texas for 4 nights only (May 7-10) and, of course, we’re doing it SUPER QUICK HARD N FAST! Come join us in your city, or tell your relatives and friends in Texas!!!

May 7 – Dallas @ Quixotic World Theater (8:00p)
May 8 – Austin @ Asian American Resource Center (8:30p)
May 9 – Houston – @NYX Ultra Lounge/Asia Town (2 Shows 7/9:30p)
May 10 – San Antonio @ Blind Tiger Comedy Club (8:00p)

Who is coming?

A STACKED LINEUP

+ D’LO. hbo’s looking. amazon studios’ transparent. mtv.
+ JENNY YANG. buzzfeed video. showtime’s why we laugh: funny women. isatv’s angry asian america.
+ YOLA LU. austin local. bumbershoot comedy and music festival. purveyor of sketch comedy.
+ ATSUKO OKATSUKA. mocatv. IFC award-winning indie filmmaker/writer, actor, producer. america’s got talent.

and in Austin!…
+ REGIE CABICO. hbo’s def poetry jam. the godfather of slam poetry
🙂

disorientedcomedy.weebly.com

Other Dates!

May 12 – NYC – Creative Change Awards for Opportunity Agenda (eventbrite.com/e/creative-change-awards-2015-tickets-16148157574)

May 19 – UCLA

May 20 – Chicago DePaul University Workshop 6-8pm

May 21 – Chicago DePaul University Screening of Crescent Diamond’s Documentary on D’Lo’s Queer/Artist Life “Performing Girl” (performinggirl.com) w/ TalkBack

D’Lo’s D’FunQT extended till May 3rd! Plus DisOriented Comedy Texas Tour!

** D’FunQT Extended Until May 3! (eventbrite.com/e/dlo-dfunqt-tickets-15980664598)

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I cannot be more proud of how this run is going. The 3 weekends were packed up w/ friends & other folks and people are saying INCREDIBLE things about the show – so much so, that the LGBT Center had EXTENDED the run for 1 more weekend. All nights were sold out so far, so if you were planning on seeing the show, get your tickets now! I believe that May 2nd is the only one that is not sold out (eventbrite.com/e/dlo-dfunqt-tickets-15980664598) , and of course if you need to get squeezed in, I can’t promise anything, but I can surely try to squeeze another seat in:)

DisOriented Texas Comedy Tour

disorientedcomedy.weebly.com

Disoriented Comedy is coming to Texas for 4 nights only (May 7-10) and, of course, we’re doing it SUPER QUICK HARD N FAST! Come join us in your city, or tell your relatives and friends in Texas!!!

Who is coming?

A STACKED LINEUP

+ D’LO. hbo’s looking. amazon studios’ transparent. mtv.
+ JENNY YANG. buzzfeed video. showtime’s why we laugh: funny women. isatv’s angry asian america.
+ YOLA LU. austin local. bumbershoot comedy and music festival. purveyor of sketch comedy.
+ ATSUKO OKATSUKA. mocatv. IFC award-winning indie filmmaker/writer, actor, producer. america’s got talent.

and in Austin!…
+ REGIE CABICO. hbo’s def poetry jam. the godfather of slam poetry
🙂

disorientedcomedy.weebly.com

Other Dates!

May 12 – NYC – Creative Change Awards for Opportunity Agenda (eventbrite.com/e/creative-change-awards-2015-tickets-16148157574)

May 19 – UCLA

May 20 – Chicago DePaul University Workshop 6-8pm

May 21 – Chicago DePaul University Screening of Crescent Diamond’s Documentary on D’Lo’s Queer/Artist Life “Performing Girl” (performinggirl.com) w/ TalkBack

D’FunQT

presented by Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin / Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
Fridays & Saturdays | April 3 – 26May 3 | 8PM
NOTE: EXTENDED TO MAY 3RD!!
Davidson/Valentini Theater
1125 North McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Tickets: $20 general admission at: dfunqt.eventbrite.com

DFunQT-201504-front  DFunQT-201504-back

D’FunQT (pronounced “Defunct”) is the brilliant new solo show by D’Lo, the acclaimed queer transgender Sri Lankan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian, and music producer.

D’FunQT is a stand-up storytelling show that shares hilarious and poignant snapshots of the worlds that shaped who he is now. Written and performed Leguizamo-style, D’FunQT celebrates the joy of survival in an often intolerant world. As a queer boy/stud/trans person, D’Lo unapologetically uses his fluidly morphing form and spot-on timing to bring the fierce with the funny!

D’Lo in D’FunQT for only 9 shows in April in L.A.

Greetings Everyone,

I’m so PROUD to share that my solo stand-up/storytelling show D’FunQT is going up at the LGBT Center in West Hollywood and I would LOVE for you to be there. It is a small theater (about 50 seats) so I strongly urge you all to buy your tickets online as soon as you can!

Working with the LGBT Center has been wonderful and I cannot express my gratitude for the lengths that they have gone through to ensure that my work gets the support that it needs, and deserves. I started my relationship with the center through different arts programming, but my relationship with Jon Imparato, the Artistic Director, started with the work I did with my colleague and brilliant sister, Adelina Anthony. Through the LGBT Center, I’ve also been granted the opportunity to work with award-winning director Ken Sawyer for this LA premiere. He has transformed this piece into the magic that it is at present.
I feel blessed to have this opportunity and I am truly excited to be back in LA sharing a new iteration of this show with you all after it’s international tour in 2012/2013.

Come and bring your friends, we’re gonna have a good good time!

(Click Pics to take you to more info!)
Much love to you all, D’Lo

And here is a video of the beginning of the journey!!!

D’FunQT by D’Lo (9 Shows) directed by Ken SawyerTrying to chronicle the journey of D’FunQT Los Angeles LGBT Center for select dates in April. More info here. I forgot that it wasn’t a NPN contract and that TeAda Productions also produced a run of a solo show of mine (Ramble-Ations) in 2010, so my bad!

 

D’FaQTo Life

(pronounced “De Facto” Life)

A show by an infiltrator who lives underground, conspiring ways to make you think and laugh in no particular order.

De Facto (de fac·to):

in practice but not necessarily ordained by law. actually existing, esp. when without lawful authority existing in fact, whether legally recognized or not

Using excerpts from D’s different solo shows, D’FaQTo Life (pronounced De Facto) is roller-coaster ride of emotions with stories executed through stand-up, spoken word/poetry, and theater. D’Lo explores topics relating to South Asia and transgender social justice from the perspective of being a child of immigrant parents, raised in hip hop culture while trying to negotiate how identifying as “queer” intersected with a passion to create political art.

Ideal for College/University Circuit because of low technical requirements, easy load in/out. Option for a talkback available depending on travel time.

D’FunQT

(pronounced “Defunct”)

No matter how free we think we are, fierce queers and folks of color are being challenged daily in merely surviving; fighting against being defunct.

Defunct (dih-fuhngkt):

no longer operative or valid no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning having ceased to exist or live; dead

D’FunQT (pronounced defunct) is filled with D’Lo’s humorous musings, rants and stories of being a queer boy/stud/transgendered person who grew up in a strict immigrant family, trying to make it all work peacefully while radically and bizarrely challenging mindframes in choosing to exist unapologetically.

This show is my gift to the communities I identify with: Fierce Folks of Color, Queers, QT’s and yes, Islanders. I want to give my people a break. A moment to exhale in peace, To celebrate in laughter, To feel accepted in all your glory amongst other good people.

Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show

D'Lo
Solo performer D’Lo in Ramble-Ations.

Born Queer into a Tamil-Sri Lankan Hindu family and raised by Hip Hop
Written and Performed by D’Lo
Directed by Adelina Anthony
All Instrumental Tracks by D’Lo

“Queer Hindu Hip Hop – These 3 things make me but don’t allow for one another. This is my attempt at fusing these elements of my being (and my imaginary friends) onto the stage.”

REVIEWS | CLIPS | PRESS RELEASE | PAST PERFORMANCES

Weaving personal stories through poetry, music, comedy and video, D’Lo also presents a parade of characters, real and imaginary. These diverse, flawed characters come to share their stories — exploring contradictions of existing in America where one’s immigrant traditions and culture are constantly challenged; battling against ignorance, even in friendships and relationships; and finally, reflecting stories of love that show D’Lo’s belief that “you can’t call yourself a revolutionary if you have a problem being nice.”

Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co commissioned by New World Theatre in partnership with Pangea World Theater and the National Performance Network. NPN and the NPN Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). More information at www.npnweb.org.

This particular production was made possible with generous support from the Durfee Foundation.


Reviews

“Impressive versatility…” – NYTheatre.com

“Ramble-Ations…takes us on a cultural and gender journey that has never been explored in quite this way.” – Richard Dodds, Bay Area Reporter Full Review »

“D’Lo’s humor, pathos, and d’lightful d’meanor keep the audience engaged at all times.” – Mike Ward, Bay Times Full Review »


Clips

These are some of the characters from Ramble-Ations:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGcCfhPUaFI[/youtube]

This is a quick transition into one of my characters…
who happens to be based on my very own “Amma” (mother):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3ichp6L174[/youtube]


Press Release

As America debates the state of its borders and threat of mass immigration, Ramble-Ations reminds us of the cultural tensions and synergies that define and affirm us as a nation. Performance/Theater artist D’Lo grew up queer in a Hindu Sri Lankan family in Los Angeles County while immersed in Hip Hop youth culture. This potpourri of influences, often at odds with each other, serves as the basis for the uproarious parade of personalities D’Lo brings to the stage.

“Queer Hindu Hip Hop–these three things make me but don’t allow for one another. This is my attempt at fusing these elements of my being (and my imaginary friends) onto the stage,” D’Lo remarks. D’Lo’s concerns are both deeply personal and universal. In small, delicate strokes, D reflects upon what it means to be a person of color, to be queer, and to be from an immigrant minority. In the broader composition, D’Lo raises a much larger question about what it means to live in America, where one’s national, ethnic, and cultural lineage is constantly challenged by assimilation and normalization. These conflicts arise in confrontations with popular culture, as well as in friendships and familial relationships.

The ever versatile D’Lo plays all roles in this struggle, deftly shifting from hyper-emotional American princess to a reincarnated Mahatma Gandhi. With the introduction of each new character, we spiral closer to D’Lo’s core, while simultaneously expanding outward to an ever widening portrait of contemporary American life. Along the bumpy road of Ramble-Ations, we meet D’Lo’s bemused and befuddled Amma (mother). She quizzically probes at her daughter’s sexuality and assimilation into American life, recalling: “In 1999 my daughter told me she was ‘a gay’. Then, she further explained that not only is she ‘a gay’, she is feeling like a little boy trapped in a woman’s body. I tell you, we should have never left Sri Lanka!”

The diverse cast could serve as the basis of a variety show or sit-com, butting up against each other in hilarious succession. D’Lo, their common vessel, stitches each element of this patchwork to the adjoining square, producing a colorful quilt, with more than a few mismatched patterns.

But perhaps the most poignant role D’Lo plays is D’Lo’s everyday self, eloquently speaking about coming out to family and carving a place in the world as D’Lo moves from youth to adulthood. Spiritual crises meet the banality of daily life as D’Lo asks who s/he is and who s/he will become. We eagerly await the answers from this “One D’Lo’s” artistic imagination.


Past Performances

2010

  • Santa Monica, CA: Miles Memorial Playhouse, May 13-23
  • San Francisco, CA: Brava Theater Center, March 17-April 3

2009

  • New Orleans, LA: Ashe Cultural Center

2008

  • Los Angeles, CA: Highways Performing Arts Space
  • Minneapolis, MN: Pangea World Theater
  • Philadelphia, PA: Painted Bride

2007

  • New York, NY: The Flea Theater (as part of the National Asian American Theater Festival)
  • Amherst, MA: New World Theater

D’Lo Update

Hey everyone!! I really hope you’ve been enjoying your 2014 thus far.

I am now a co-producer on Dis/Orient/ed Comedy alongside the hilarious Jenny Yang and Atsuko Okatsuka. Scroll down below to see if we’re coming to a city near ya.

Crescent Diamond’s documentary Performing Girl which tells a little of my story has been winning some awards all over the world. Recently, we were at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival in LA and Newport Beach Film Fest. We’re  going to Inside Out Toronto, Miz Mexico, Out Takes New Zealand, and Kashish in Mumbai!

The short LIT that I was a lead in, is soon to be making it’s rounds on the festival circuit.
AND I am also going to be a part of DYKE CENTRAL shooting this fall in the last episodes of DC’s first Season!

AND LASTLY BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST-LY

The film I am playing a lead role in BRUISING FOR BESOS has a Hatchfund Campaign that ends on May 8th and I would love if you were to donate.
This film is written by the amazing Adelina Anthony who I have had the privilege of working with since 2006. Her plays, her stories, her work in general is compelling and speaks to the lives of communities that we don’t hear from often.
If you are interested in becoming a community funder, please visit this page and donate your heart away! This film is being made in JULY come hell or high water!

Some future shows:

May 6
L.A. – Tuesday Night Cafe (FREE)


Tuesday Night Café was also recognized by the L.A. Weekly as “Best Free Downtown Performance Series” in their 2013 “Best of L.A.” edition.

May 17/18 
Toronto – Tamil Studies Conference

I love going to Toronto to perform and visit my relatives in Scarborough. This performance is kinda the best of both worlds. I’m performing for my “relations”. Toronto is home to over 250,000 Tamil Sri Lankan people (feels like 400,000). Toronto has been the only place where I have been in a line-up of other Lankan queer artists (shout out to Catalyst YaliniDream, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Gitanjali Natasha Lena).

May 30
Santa Barbara – Disoriented Comedy at UCSB

June 6
Washington DC – Disoriented Comedy


June 7
NYC – Disoriented Comedy


June 19-22
Detroit – Allied Media Conference

Unofficially official, I will be your resident host for the conference.

June 23-27
Montreal – Encuentro
Performances on the 24/26

Lastly, if you are in LA and want to propose a workshop for Models of Pride – an annual event solely for Queer Youth, you can submit your workshop proposal through this link:http://tinyurl.com/MOP22app

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your support always.
This work would be worthless if I didn’t have your love and encouragement.
D’Lo

Update n Recap!

HELLO HELLO HELLO!

Happy New Year! I know it’s late, but 2013 was my year of big life transitions, so it’s only right that the after-effects led into 2014!

A re-cap of 2013 into 2014 includes:

1. Coming back OFFICIALLY to Los Angeles (This one was the BIGGEST!)

2. A run of Adelina Anthony’s 2-person play THE BEAST OF TIMES (where I play the other person in the 2-person play) at the LAGLC (LA Gay n Lesbian Center) in West Hollywood’s Renburg Theater.

AND WE JUST HAPPEN TO BE DOING IT AGAIN THIS WEEKEND! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

3. My TV acting debut on HBO’s Gay-Themed Show LOOKING. I play Taj who is the friend of main character Dom (with the moustache).

(AIRING THIS SUN ON HBO 10:30pm…check out my 6 lines!)

4. I also play Jesse in a short film set in San Francisco directed by Elena Oxman called LIT.

5. My life on screen in Crescent Diamond’s documentary PERFORMING GIRLwhich has been garnering acclaim on the festival circuit (including thisHuffington Post article).

6. And a teency appearance in my buddy Mikki del Monico’s film ALTO – a lesbian mafia rom-com, of course!

7. Lastly, on Feb 5th, I’ll be mc’ing at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater the World Premiere of Dyke Central‘s Web Episodes 2 & 3!

8. STAY TUNED I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS BREWING THIS YEAR (including an LA run of my latest solo show!)!

I LOVE ALL OF YOU and I THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUAL SUPPORT. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH YOU MEAN TO ME!

D’Lo