Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 7:00pm
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
The Real James Bond…Was Dominican
Written and Performed by Christopher Rivas
A DNAWORKS Production
Admission is free. Please check back to RSVP.
What happens when a James Bond–obsessed Dominican boy in Queens finds out that the real James Bond was Dominican? In an engaging performance integrating live music and video, writer-actor Christopher Rivas tells the true story of Porfirio Rubirosa, author Ian Fleming’s inspiration for Agent 007. Set to a live percussion score and projections, The Real James Bond…Was Dominican is a young man’s guide to love, sex, color, code-switching, white-washing, success, fake-it-till-you-make-it, and the roller coaster of finding one’s true self.
Christopher Rivas (Writer, Performer) is an award-winning international storyteller (two-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM), passionate activist, published writer, film and television actor (GLOW, Grey's Anatomy, For the People, SEAL Team, Shameless, Rizzoli & Isles, 2 Broke Girls, Rosewood), and theatre artist. His artistic mission is to create and share powerful stories that move us forward, blend boundaries, and encourage dialogue.
Daniel Banks (Director) has worked in the U.S. and abroad, having directed such productions as the African premiere of August Wilson’s Jitney at the National Theatre of Uganda; the Eastern European premiere of Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz at the Belarussian National Drama Theatre; a workshop production of Zakiyyah Alexander’s hip hop play Blurring Shine at The Market Theatre in South Africa; and “Tap Into Peace,” a tap and spoken word show set to the music of Stevie Wonder, at Playhouse Square in Cleveland and the New York City and Washington, DC’s Hip Hop Theatre Festivals.
Wilson R. Torres (Percussionist) is a New York native born and raised in Washington Heights. He is very active in educational outreach and has worked with The New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall outreach programs in a variety of programs ranging from The Life of Mozart to Music of America to Mambo Madness. Being versatile in a variety of styles has led him to perform in many musical settings. In the Latin and jazz scenes, he has collaborated with many greats, such as Cándido Camero, Bobby Sanabria, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Liebman, Dave Taylor, and Bob Mintzer.
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Co-sponsored by La CASA.
Photo (left): Andres Tagliaferro
Photo (right): Laura Bustillos Jáquez