Aliens, Immigrants &
Written, Directed & Performed by José Torres-Tama
October 24 - November 3, 2019
Luis Avalos Theater
Aliens… is a creative response to the continuous attacks on Latino immigrants, which demonize them as scapegoats for the economic failures of this country. This piece troubles the collective amnesia which has lead to these attacks, and demands that the nation as a whole take a hard look in the mirror. In light of the current Central American child refugee crisis, this timely performance is a call to action on Immigration Reform in the U.S. Through an innovative sci-fi Latino-noir aesthetic, Aliens… satirizes the status of immigrants as “extraterrestrials”, and exposes the hypocrisy of a system that dehumanizes the same immigrants whose labor it readily exploits.
"I haven't seen and reviewed many one-person shows over the years. I love the bravery of the genre. Some have been brilliant, some disasters, but none are more exciting and unique than performance artist José Torres-Tama’s Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evildoers"
- Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes
José Torres-Tama is a recent MAP Fund 2015 award recipient for his Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras Project to transform a food vehicle into a mobile theater. Also, he is a recipient of a Regional Artist Project award from the NEA and a Louisiana Theater Fellow.
He explores the underbelly of the American Dream mythology, the Latino immigrant experience, and New Orleans Creole culture. Since 1995, he has toured his genre-bending solos nationally and internationally, and he was awarded a 2103 National Performance Network Creation Fund to begin developing the Taco Truck Theater. In 2009, he received his first NPN Creation Fund Award for his current touring show called ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS, which chronicles the current persecution of Latino immigrants in the United States.
Also, he received a 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for the publication of his first art book by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art called New Orleans Free People of Color & Their Legacy, which documents his pastel portraits of 19th Century Creoles.
His performances thrive on a fusion of bilingual texts, film projections, conceptual rituals, community interviews, historical research, and exaggerated characters—creating spectacles that are visually dynamic and politically charged. His work has been presented by Performance Space 122 and Theater for the New City in New York; Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles; The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque; DiverseWorks in Houston; and Pangea World Theatre in Minneapolis. In the academy, Duke, Cornell, Vanderbilt, the Ohio State University, the University of Maryland, and many others have presented his solos and lectures on performance art as a tool for social change.