Teatro Vivo proudly presents Swimming While Drowning, a play by renowned writer Emilio Rodríguez, presented at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center, directed by Alexis A. Arredondo. The show runs July 11-21, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Angelo and Mila are fifteen and homeless. Angelo is a dreamer, and Mila is a streetwise realist. But when they become roommates at a shelter for LGBTQ teens, they build a fragile bond that inspires them to reach for understanding and self-acceptance. Featuring Nelson Contreras Paz and Victor Hugo Jaramillo, this poetic story celebrates the healing power of hope, and the beautiful mystery of being a teenager.
About Emilio Rodríguez:
Emilio Rodríguez began his theatrical career at the age of 2, performing one-kid adaptations of The Wizard of Oz in his parents’ living room using a broom, a funnel and his mama’s high heels. Since then, his plays have been performed in Texas, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Michigan, and Florida. Some of his career highlights include being part of the inaugural Carnaval Festival of Latinx Playwrights, being the inaugural Michigan playwright for the Mitten Lab, being the guest playwright for the Theatre Kalamazoo festival, and being part of the anthology Scenes for Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre. In 2018, Emilio was awarded the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Foundation award for LGBT playwrights and the Kresge Artists in Detroit grant for playwriting. Earlier this year Emilio was invited to be a guest judge for the KCACTF Midwest Region playwrights. Of all his accomplishments, Emilio’s most memorable accolade is the time a cashier at Panera gave him a free meal because the cashier liked Emilio’s play Mamacita. Emilio was a featured playwright of Teatro Vivo’s 2016 Austin Latino New Play Festival.
About Teatro Vivo:
Committed to engaging its audience with the culture and history of the Latino experience, Teatro Vivo is a leading bilingual Latino theater company in Texas, and has received numerous awards from the Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Committee. Teatro Vivo is a recipient of the FuturoFund Austin Award, a NALAC Fund for the Arts Award, and the Award for Leadership in Community-Based and Civic Engagement from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Visit TeatroVivo.org for more information.