San Antonio theater fans and faithful Current readers will no doubt remember local playwright/poet/journalist Gregg Barrios’ play I-DJ, which premiered at the Overtime Theater in July of 2012 and earned its star Rick Sanchez an Alamo Theatre Arts Council (ATAC) Globe Award. A slightly remixed version of the play—surrounding a gay Mexican American DJ who finds his identity via the music he spins—opens tomorrow in Manhattan's East Village in conjunction with FRIGID New York—a non-juried festival where participants are chosen by lottery and 100 percent of ticket sales are returned to the artists. Directed by the Woodlawn Theatre’s artistic director Greg Hinojosa, the production runs at the basement theater Under St. Marks through February 25 (for tickets and showtimes, click here).
In an email, Barrios said he’s “thrilled that the first show from SA to make it to NYC/Off-Broadway is a story of a gay Mexican American DJ that is written, directed and stars local Mexican Americans: Greg Hinojosa, Rick Sanchez, and myself.”
To revisit the Current’s coverage of the play’s original run, check out B. V. Olguín’s story “Gregg Barrios’s Play ‘I-DJ’ Queers the Bard, the Barrio, and Beyond ...” and Lauren Silva's review “Fear Stalks the Characters of ‘I-DJ’, but the Music Plays on”.
Above, a promo for I-DJ’s New York run.