Thursday November 29, 2012

PUTNEY -- Sandglass Theater’s Voices of Community presents D’Lo in "Ramble-Ations," a personal story from the cultural intersection of queer, Hindu, hip-hop and family relationships on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 8 p.m.

D’Lo, hailing from Los Angeles, will be in residence at Sandglass for the week leading up to the performances.

Tickets are $16 general and $13 for students and seniors and reservations can be made at 802-387-4051. This engagement is a co-production of Sandglass Theater and The Aids Project of Southern Vermont.

As America debates the state of its borders and threat of mass immigration, "Ramble-Ations" reminds audiences of the cultural tensions and synergies that define and affirm us as a nation. Performance/theater artist D’Lo grew up queer in a Hindu Sri Lankan family in Los Angeles County while immersed in hip-hop youth culture. This potpourri of influences, often at odds with each other, serves as the basis for the uproarious parade of personalities D’Lo brings to the stage.

D’Lo’s concerns are both deeply personal and universal. In small, delicate strokes, s/he reflects upon what it means to be a person of color, to be queer, and to be from an immigrant minority. In the broader composition, D’Lo raises a much larger question about what it means to live in America, where one’s national, ethnic, and cultural lineage is constantly challenged by assimilation and normalization.

Perhaps the most poignant role D’Lo plays is his/her everyday self, eloquently speaking about coming out to family and carving a place in the world as D’Lo moves from youth to adulthood. Spiritual crises meet the banality of daily life as D’Lo asks who s/he is and who s/he will become.

Voices of Community: A Performance Series on Diversity, now in its eighth year, is presented by Sandglass Theater. Through performances and workshops, the series serves to create a sustained dialog between nationally acclaimed artists and local community members about issues of diversity and identity. This presentation is made possible by funding from the National Performance Network and The Aids Project of Southern Vermont.