OFF-BROADWAY’S INTAR RETURNS TO LIVE PERFORMANCES AND CELEBRATES GAY PRIDE MONTH WITH “OSO FABULOSO AND THE BEAR BACKS!”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
IN CELEBRATION OF PRIDE MONTH
ANNOUNCES A RETURN TO LIVE PERFORMANCES
“OSO FABULOSO & THE BEAR BACKS!”
A NEW ROCK MUSICAL
PERFORMANCES BEGIN THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2021
New York, NY (June 3, 2021) – INTAR (Lou Moreno, Artistic Director, Paul Slee Rodriguez, Executive Director, Nidia Medina, Artistic Producer), announced today that the Off-Broadway theater company is back on the boards and will present the new musical, Oso Fabuloso & The Bear Backs!. Performances begin this Saturday, June 5 on an outdoor stage in front of the theater at 500 West 52nd Street (just West of 10th Avenue).
Oso Fabuloso & The Bear Backs! has book and lyrics by C. Julian Jiménez with music by P.K. Variance. Musical direction and guitar are by P.K. Variance with Robert Cowie on keyboards, Ray Rizzo on drums and Jesse Sklar on bass. Set and costume design is by Timmy Schues with sound and lighting design by Alberto Ruiz.
A Queer Latino bear named Oso Fabuloso has recently been dumped by a two-timing daddy bear. In order to overcome his depression, Oso seeks the help of his therapist Dr. Calvo who convinces him to use his gift of song to sing the blues away. Oso agrees to go on tour with his therapist/guitarist and his two best friends/backup singers, Gummy and Grizz, hoping it will cure him of his romantic woes!
The cast includes C. Julian Jiménez as Oso, Joseph Distl as Grizz, Vasilios Leon as Gummy, and P.K. Variance as the Doctor.
The performance schedule is as follows: Saturday, June 5 and Friday, June 11 at 8:30 PM and Saturdays, June 19 and 26 at 5:30 and 8:30 PM. Performances are outdoor, and seating will be assigned, limited, and socially distanced. All current CDC Covid guidelines will be strictly adhered to and enforced. Camry A’Keen will serve as Health and Safety Officer. A New York City Health and Hospitals Mobile Covid Vaccination Van will be onsite as well. For more information and to purchase tickets ($25.00) please visit www.intartheatre.org.
INTAR has been producing Latino voices in English since 1966 and this season celebrates the artists and crew members of its last mainstage production before COVID-19 forced the closure of their theater space.
C.JULIAN JIMÉNEZ is a Queer, Puerto Rican, and Dominican playwright who holds an MFA from The New School for Drama. Playwrighting awards include: New Dramatist Residency (Class of 2025), 2019/2020 Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, 2017 & 2018 Pipeline Theatre Company PlayLab, 2018 LaGuardia Community College’s LGBTQ History Project Grant, 2015 Queens Arts Council Grant and the 2009 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. Productions include Man Boobs (Pride Films & Plays, 2011), Nico Was a Fashion Model (Counter-Productions, (2013), Animals Commit Suicide (First Floor Theater, 2015), Locusts Have No King (INTAR, 2016), Bundle of Sticks (INTAR, 2020) and Alligator Mouth, Tadpole Ass (Theatre Rhinoceros, 2020). He wrote the book for LatinXoxo at Joe’s Pub and Lincoln Center. Other plays include Julio Down by The Schoolyard and Bruise & Thorn. HE is co-producer of the hit web series, “Bulk” and is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Queensborough Community College.
P.K. VARIANCE is a musician, composer, filmmaker, and artist. Past public contributions include music and various video projects for modern dance companies in NYC. Currently celebrating the return of Oso y Calvo. Original compositions can be seen and heard at PKVariance Arts on YouTube.
INTAR gratefully acknowledges 2021 season underwriting support from the Radio Drama Network (Melina Brown, President). INTAR Theatre programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
INTAR: International Arts Relations, Inc., one of the United States’ longest running Latino theater producing in English, is an organization committed to the development of “theater arts without borders.” Over the past four decades, INTAR has produced classics, Latino adaptations of classics, cabarets, and world premieres of plays written by Latino-Americans, including 2005 Oscar nominee José Rivera and Pulitzer Prize recipient Nilo Cruz.
INTAR works to nurture the professional development of Latino theater artists; produce bold, innovative, artistically significant plays that reflect diverse perspectives; and make accessible the diversity inherent in America’s cultural heritage.
To date, the theatre has commissioned, developed, and produced works by more than 175 Latino writers, composers, and choreographers. It has assisted hundreds of Latino playwrights, directors, and actors in obtaining their first professional theater credits, union memberships, and reviews in English-language media.
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