Teatro del Pueblo is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Political Theatre Festival with the theme "Latinos in Transition," featuring two solo performances by guest artists. The festival opens this weekend with Aliens, Immigrants, and Other Evildoers, written and performed by José Torres-Tama. This sci-fi noir and multimedia solo show about the rise in hate crimes against Latinos and the demonization of immigrants across the U.S. includes portrayals of "extraterrestrials" by Torres-Tama that challenge the country's vilification of immigrants. The following weekend features Gaytino, Dan Guerrero's autobiographical one-man show about his identity as a gay Chicano. Using music and monologue, Guerrero explores his relationship with his father, Chicano musician Eduardo "Lalo" Guerrero; his career as a Broadway talent agent; and his return to his Chicano roots. This is the second year Teatro del Pueblo has teamed up with Pangea World Theater to produce the festival, in addition to collaborating on other productions including last year's The House of Bernarda Alba and the upcoming Oedipus el Rey.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 17. Continues through Feb. 19, 2011