Magnificence, berries and rock and roll

By CHRISTINE MARTIN

YULAN, NY – C. Julian Jiménez is a queer, Puerto Rican and Dominican playwright. And Lou Moreno is the creative director and producer of the INTAR Theater, which for many years has produced studios and world premieres of performs by Latin playwrights and artists. Each Jiménez and Moreno dwell in Yulan, within the city of Highland.

They bring about the well-known rock opera “Oso Fabuloso” – an unconventional rock’n’roll story with music and humor – to the Tusten Theater at 19:30 on Friday 24 June and to the Cochecton Pump Home at 20:00 on Saturday 25 June. This system is a part of the Delight celebrations in Sullivan County and it’s hoped to increase the theater and humanities neighborhood within the space.

River reporter: What’s “Oso Fabuloso” about?

JIMÉNEZ: “Oso Fabuloso” is about how you can create your personal superhero, so you’ll be able to exist in queer shocks. It actually has a direct connection to “Hedwig;” it’s this type of singer-storyteller.

MORENO: However this isn’t your typical episode. It is a rock ‘n’ roll episode with a narrative attachment.

RIVER Reporter: You lately carried out ‘Oso’ at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, which is certainly the large time, and now we’re fortunate to have you ever convey the present to Iceland. How do you assume the viewers will probably be totally different in Narrowsburg than in downtown Manhattan?

MORENO: I feel it would sound good right here. It is a common story; it is a love story. And the music is so good that it doesn’t matter who you might be … it actually ranges from ’60s rock’n’roll to pop to 1980; there’s slightly R&B and slightly rap, everybody will discover a option to test it out.

RIVER Reporter: I feel it is so great to have a homosexual, Latino, a wildly proficient actor, a singer and an award-winning playwright as my neighbor, to not point out his magnificent producer and his spouse and household. I feel that speaks volumes concerning the variety in Sullivan County that many individuals might not at all times see. So … how did you meet?

JIMÉNEZ: (laughs) We met after I was studying my play on INTAR and Lou preferred it and stopped me and stated: “Why don’t I do know who you might be?” He took me to lunch and saved my life – a large umbrella got here flying down 52nd Road in a gust of wind and Lou obtained up and grabbed it with one hand. Then he stated he would produce my first play.

MORENO: There’s an outdated saying in theater – it is August Wilson’s property – if you happen to actually need to assist a playwright, produce his first 4 performs … On this financial system it is probably not doable, however I feel the long run dedication to playwrights is extremely worthwhile and playwrights must discover a residence for his or her work the place they really feel protected to create. And it has been an incredible journey – we have labored on quite a lot of initiatives collectively, in addition to getting Julian to work with our younger artists, and from that we turned greatest mates.

River reporter: We’ve got some pretty theaters on website – from the Forestburgh Theater, to the Tusten Theater the place the play will probably be proven on June 24 – the place do you see the theater and artwork motion within the space alongside the best way? Are you going to do extra right here?

MORENO: There are extra theater seekers and theatergoers within the metropolis, so I am to see how a lot theater is sustainable up right here. I’d guess it could be tough to open one other theater, however I wish to see improvement work up right here. I don’t imply experimentation or avant-garde, however for instance we introduced “Oso” right here to apply. And DVAA was actually superior; they gave us the theater – with free warmth! They had been very encouraging, so I stay up for one other collaboration.

The Tusten Theater is nice for workshops, however there are additionally fairly cool yoga studios and barns, and I can see actual summer season or retreat-style theater the place we convey artists right here to work and provides them entry to actors and administrators to work with. , for a number of weeks or months. We discuss to theater firms in New York and they’re at all times in search of a spot for artists to allow them to create and return their work.

River Reporter: There is a massive story about artists disappearing within the Catskills.

MORENO: I have no idea why Sullivan County has not been capable of make the most of it these days. It is extra taking place within the japanese a part of the Catskills, however right here it simply appears to be so proper. We’ve got a lot expertise up right here. And it’s extra economically viable to come back right here than, for instance, the entrenched Berkshire, as it’s expensive.

River Reporter: There are Delight celebrations in virtually each city close by. Why do you assume the homosexual tradition is so robust on this space?

JIMÉNEZ: That is such a lovely space and homosexual persons are a magnet for magnificence. And there is one thing concerning the geography right here and the house – you could be as outside as you need, otherwise you could be remoted, not like within the metropolis the place you come throughout on a regular basis.

RIVER Reporter: How a lot do you like – and don’t love – dwelling in Barryville?

MORENO: Julian obtained into it – the sweetness, the entry to various out of doors life, out of doors life. The winters, as harsh as they’re, are unimaginable. Having skis at the doorstep is superb. There may be entry and alternative for everybody – you wouldn’t have to have some huge cash to go fishing. There isn’t a value to take a pipe down the river. I want there was a pharmacy – I don’t like how a lot I drive nowadays. The three am thyme burger isn’t right here; it may be a bomber.

River Reporter: Julian, you are additionally a trainer at Queensborough School. What do you say to children who need to make a profession in music theater?

JIMÉNEZ: I inform them to go for it! In the event that they adore it, go for it. Our background singers are my former college students! I educate drama and it’s an outdated saying that theater actors are “acrobatics of the theater”. However gratitude for the humanities can go in so many instructions. I feel it teaches empathy and compassion and love and I really feel prefer it’s lacking so much nowadays.

Purchase tickets for the Tusten Theater present at delawarevalleyartsalliance.org/occasion and the Cochecton Pump Home present at https://myrivertickets.com/occasions/oso-fabuloso-the-bear-backs-6-25-2022/tickets.

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