Thursday December 6, 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 at 8 p.m.

D’Lo, hailing from Los Angeles, is in residence at Sandglass all 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 characters D’Lo brings to life.

"Queer Hindu Hip Hop -- these three things make me but don’t allow for one another. This is my attempt at fusing these elements of my being (and my imaginary friends) onto the stage," D’Lo remarks.

D’Lo’s concerns are both deeply personal and universal. In small, delicate strokes, he reflects upon what it means to be a person of color, to be queer, and to be from an immigrant minority.


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In the broader composition, he 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.

The versatile D’Lo plays all roles in this struggle. The diverse cast could serve as the basis of a variety show or sit-com, butting up against each other in hilarious succession. D’Lo, their common vessel, stitches each element of this patchwork to the adjoining square, producing a colorful quilt. But perhaps the most poignant role D’Lo plays is his everyday self, eloquently speaking about coming out to family and carving a place in the world.

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