First of "Legacies and Literacies," a four-part CARL Residency series on Latina/o Cultural Production
Circus Ugly is a play about the quest to embrace one's inner and outer "freak" while grappling with the haunting longing for normalcy. Razi, a young woman whose skin is made of paper, comes to town looking for the mother who abandoned her. There she meets a cripple homeless artist who paints secrets onto her skin, a bearded lady who runs a strip club catering to the "exotic," and her aspiring toady, along with several others. The play explores these characters' abnormalities, insecurities, truths and lies, and the manner in which all of these things are put up for trade or sale.
Gabriel Rivas Gomez is a playwright whose work challenges the boundaries of traditional theater and has been called everything from surreal to abstract. His play Scar Tissue was published in The Best Short Plays of 2012-2011. Following the reading will be an audience Q&A with the playwright, led by Dr. Tiffany Ana Lopez, Professor of Theatre, and Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
This event is co-sponsored by the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair, UCR's Department of Theater, and UCR's ARTSblock.