Pull out your datebooks, iphones, and android calendars because I have news! Beginning May 6, 2012 Teatro Luna will open Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way, written and directed by Diane Rodriguez. This collaboration is highly anticipated so make sure to join us (did you mark your calendar yet? Go do it right now! ¿Qué esperan?)
Teatro Luna is excited to partner with a Latina who is recognized as one of the country’s leading Latino theatre artists and advocate of Latino actors and playwrights. Diane Rodriguez continues to be passionate about the art she creates and those she supports. She is known for using comedy to confront various forms of oppression, often with special attention to issues of gender and sexuality. She is an Obie Award winning multi-disciplinary theatre artist. She is an accomplished actor, anthologized writer, regional theatre director and Associate Producer at Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles. An enduring influence in Chicano theatre, she was born in the 1950s to American parents from farm working families. She got her start in theatre at 18 performing with the internationally renowned political theatre company, El Teatro Campesino and was one of the companies leading actors for eleven seasons. She received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara. When she got tired of playing the same stereotypical television roles after moving to Los Angeles she co-founded the comedy group, Latins Anonymous and El Teatro de la Esperanza. The much hailed group Latins Anonymous has published two play anthologies. Along with her Obie award she has been awarded nominations for best director for her work on Leguizamo’s Spic-O-Rama and Culture Clash’s Border Town. She has performed all over the world, for farmworkers on a truck flatbed stage to amphi-theatres in Europe and very soon, Luna Central.