NI MI MADRE

NEW YORK TIMES

"Even though only four of the shows in this year’s festival were written by people of color, Mr. Davenport promised that next year “we won’t only be encouraging new voices to submit, we’ll be chasing them down.” We keep our fingers crossed that they will be as vibrant as Arturo Luís Soria, the queer artist who plays a version of his larger-than-life Brazilian mother in the music-infused “Ni Mi Madre.” In trying to understand their troubled history, he pays her the ultimate tribute: his rich portrayal of the woman who bore him overshadows scenes in which he plays himself."

-Jose Solís

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Inspirited with the tradition of Umbanda ritual, the music of Gloria Estefan, Cher, and Maria Bethânia, Ni Mi Madre invites audiences into the tumultuous relationship between a larger-than-life Brazilian woman, Bete, and her queer son. Ni Mi Madre explores the intersection between queerness and Latinidad, while laying bare the secrets, memories, fears, and celebrations of being an immigrant and first-generation American. Directed by Rattlestick’s Directing Fellow, Danilo Gambini and partnering with community organizations Sol Project and Group.BR this is a world-premiere production of this solo show for this accomplished actor and first-time writer, and the director’s first professional production in the U.S.      

Awards:

[2022] Outstanding Solo Performance Nominee, Drama Desk Awards

[2022] Outstanding Solo Performance Nominee, Outer Circle Critics Awards

[2022] Distinguished Performance Nominee, Drama League Awards

[2015] Winner of the Luso-American Scholarship, DisQuiet International Literary Program