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 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
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:)
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 »
These are some of the characters from Ramble-Ations:
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.
Santa Monica, CA: Miles Memorial Playhouse, May 13-23
San Francisco, CA: Brava Theater Center, March 17-April 3
New Orleans, LA: Ashe Cultural Center
Los Angeles, CA: Highways Performing Arts Space
Minneapolis, MN: Pangea World Theater
Philadelphia, PA: Painted Bride
New York, NY: The Flea Theater (as part of the National Asian American Theater Festival)
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!
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.