Magnificence, bears and rock and roll

By CHRISTINE MARTIN

YULAN, NY – C. Julian Jiménez is a queer, Puerto Rican and Dominican playwright. And Lou Moreno is an inventive director and producer on the INTAR Theater, who, for many years, has produced seminars and world premieres of performs by Latin playwrights and artists. Each Jiménez and Moreno are residents of Yulan, within the metropolis of Highland.

They’re bringing the well-known rock opera “Oso Fabuloso” – a non-traditional rock’n’roll story with music and humor – to the Tusten Theater at 7.30pm on Friday, June twenty fourth, and to the Cochecton Pump Home at 8pm : 00 of Saturday, June twenty fifth. The applications are a part of the Delight celebrations in Sullivan County and the hope is to develop the theater and artwork group within the space.

REPORTER RIVER: So what’s “Oso Fabuloso” about?

Jimenez: “Oso Fabuloso” is about the way you create your superhero to be able to exist within the face of queer trauma. Definitely has a direct connection to “Hedwig;” is that model of narrator.

MORENO: But it surely’s not your typical present. It is a rock ‘n’ roll present with a narrative hooked up.

RIVER REPORTER: You have been lately performing “Oso” at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, which is unquestionably a good time, and now we’re fortunate to convey you the present right here within the nation. How do you assume the viewers will likely be totally different in Narrowsburg than in downtown Manhattan?

MORENO: I feel there will likely be good echoes right here. It’s a common story; is a love story. And the music is so good that it doesn’t matter who you’re… it actually spans the vary from ’60s rock’ n ‘roll to pop to the Nineteen Eighties; there’s little R&B and little rap, everybody will discover a approach to make use of it.

REPORTER LUMI: I feel it oh-so incredible to have a wild, homosexual, Latin, successful actor, singer, and playwright like me subsequent door, with large expertise, to not point out his fabulous producer along with his spouse and household. I feel it speaks volumes concerning the variety in Sullivan County that many individuals could not all the time see. So how did you guys get to know one another?

Jimenez: (Laughs) We met whereas I used to be studying a play of mine on INTAR and Lou preferred it and stopped me and stated, “Why do not I do know who you’re?” He took me to lunch and saved my life – an enormous umbrella got here flying at 52nd Avenue in a breeze and Lou bought up and grabbed it with one hand. Then he stated he would produce my first present.

MORENO: There may be an previous saying within the theater — attributed to August Wilson — in the event you actually need to assist a playwright, produce his first 4 performs… On this economic system, this isn’t actually attainable, however I feel long-term dedication to playwrights is an excessive amount of. helpful and playwrights want to search out houses for his or her work the place they really feel assured to create. And it was a unprecedented journey — we did lots of tasks collectively, and we introduced Julian to work with our younger artists, and from that we turned finest associates.

RIVER REPORTER: We now have some nice theaters regionally – from the Forestburgh Video games Home to the Tusten Theater the place the present will likely be on June 24 – the place do you see the native theater and artwork motion in our space? Do you propose to do extra right here?

MORENO: There are extra theater seekers and theater-goers within the metropolis, so I am to see how steady the theater is up right here. I feel opening one other theater could be tough, however I’d like to see improvement work right here. I am not speaking about experiments or avant-garde, however for instance, we introduced “Oso” right here to rehearse. And DVAA was actually nice; they gave us the theater – without cost! They have been very encouraging, so I stay up for different partnerships.

The Tusten Theater is nice for workshops, however there are additionally some fairly yoga studios and barns, and I can see actual summer time or retreat-style theaters the place we convey artists right here to work and provides them entry to actors and administrators to work with. , for a couple of weeks or a month. We speak to theater corporations in New York and they’re all the time on the lookout for a spot for artists to have the ability to create and convey again their work.

RIVER REPORTER: There’s a nice historical past of artist sights within the Catskills.

MORENO: I have no idea why Sullivan County has not been ready to make use of this lately. It occurs extra within the jap Catskills, however right here it appears particularly reasonable. We now have a lot expertise right here. And it’s extra economically viable to come back right here than, say, the extra decided Berkshires, the place it’s cost-stopping.

REPORTER RIVER: There are Delight celebrations in nearly each metropolis close by. Why do you assume there’s such a robust basis of homosexual tradition on this space?

Jimenez: It is such a lovely space and queer persons are magnets for magnificence. And there’s something about geography right here and area – you will be as a lot as you need, otherwise you will be remoted, not like within the metropolis the place you stumble upon everybody on a regular basis.

REPORTER RIVER: What do you want – and dislike – about residing in Barryville?

MORENO: Julian instilled it — magnificence, entry to totally different sorts of out of doors life, river life. Winters, brutal as they’re, are unbelievable. Having skis in your doorstep is unbelievable. There may be entry and alternative for everybody – you should not have to have some huge cash to go fishing. Dropping a pipe into the river prices nothing. I want there was a pharmacy – I don’t like how a lot driving I do lately. Hamburger three jam hangover will not be right here; which will be dangerous.

RIVER REPORTER: Julian, you’re additionally an educator and instructing at Queensborough School. What do you say to youngsters who need to make a profession in musical theater?

Jimenez: I inform them to go for it! In the event that they find it irresistible, go for it. Our background singers are my former college students! I educate theater and there’s an previous saying that claims theater actors are “theater acrobats”. However an appreciation for the humanities can go in lots of instructions. I feel it teaches empathy, compassion and love, and I feel lots of them are lacking lately.

Purchase tickets for the Tusten Theater present at delawarevalleyartsalliance.org/occasion and the Cochecton Pump Home present at https://myrivertickets.com/occasions/oso-fabuloso-the-bear-backs-6-25-2022/tickets.

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