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Borracho: Spanish for Drunken Bum
The idea for the play Borracho: Spanish for Drunken Bum was sparked by a promotional image of the 2018 Broadway revival of Mart Crowley's play The Boys in the Band. In this image, seven White men stood next to one Black man and one Puerto Rican man. The addition of the Puerto Rican actor was meant to be the big 2018 update that would give a small modernization to a play written in the 1970s. While this needed addition gave a Puerto Rican actor an opportunity to be on Broadway, the framework that these men of color existed in was still from a gay White male point of view. The importance of Boys was that the work came out before the AIDS crisis and gave a snapshot into the lives of gay men during the 70s and did not steer away from issues of alcoholism, body image, and self-loathing. For Borracho, I wanted to create a modern-day snapshot into 2019 dealing with issues of Queer Latinx men ranging from machismo, colorism, and the restrictions of a binary that reduces gay men into masculine and feminine. Synopsis: Miguel invites a select group of friends, including an old high school crush, over for his friend Gerardo's 35th birthday. His plans for the night are quickly derailed as the alcohol flows, surprise visitors show up, and secrets revealed. The group must then face their unresolved issues surrounding race, sexuality, and feelings towards one another.