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Ringwald Theatre to Present SALVE REGINA: A COMING OF GAY STORY, 8/22

The Ringwald Theatre has announced the One Night Only performance of Javier Rivera's one-man show, SALVE REGINA: A COMING OF GAY STORY. Coming to us from the Windy City, SALVE REGINA is written and performed by Javier Rivera and will play at The Ringwald on Friday, August 22nd at 8pm.

Being born in a tiny island in the Caribbean to an ultra religious mother and a domineering father is not easy; especially when it's likely you are a big queen. There are not enough novenas to pray, candles to be lit, or saints to hear your pleas to get you out unscathed. No, in this situation only a miracle will do, or better yet...a holy intervention. Follow the coming of age story of a young Puerto Rican man as he triumphs and stumbles in his journey to self-discovery aided by the only person who ever understood him...pop superstar Madonna. SALVE REGINA: A COMING OF GAY STORY comes from the heart of Javier Rivera and is directed by Jeremy Ohringer.

"SALVE REGINA is my way of reaching out to 8 year old me," playwright and performer Javier Rivera reflects, "and assuring him that things will be all right...which is a feeling I was not familiar with at that age. I was terrified of burning in hell for being gay...not being poetic here, I truly believed I was going to fry. All signs pointed to me not having a very happy ending. So I latched on to the music of Madonna, and all of a sudden I felt empowered, in control, and overcome with an overwhelming desire to dance. She DID make my life a happier place to live in-this is the truth. And to those in the audience, I hope you hold on tight to those things that inspire you and bring a smile to your face...and let go of anything that makes you question your worth and place on this planet. Because it does not matter whether you can cut a rug or have two left can still be the life of the party".

SALVE REGINA plays for one night only on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8PM. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at or at the theatre box office. The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or Visa/Mastercard.

The Ringwald opened their doors seven years ago on May 11, 2007 with Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy. Quickly, The Ringwald became a mainstay of Detroit's theatre community. Past Productions include: Into the Woods, The Motherfucker with the Hat, August: Osage County, When the Rain Stops Falling, The Bad Seed, Making Porn, The Book of Liz, Rent, and Love! Valour! Compassion!. The Ringwald was named 2009, 2012 and 2013 Best Theatrical Troupe by Real Detroit and Best Place to See Local Theatre in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the readers of Metro Times.

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