ANPF is proud proud to present Octavio Solis' new work LONESOMES on Saturday, February 27, at 7:00 pm PT and Sunday, February 28, at 2:00 pm PT, directed by ANPF’s Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca.
Written in and for isolation, LONESOMES includes companion pieces CONRADO featuring Armando Durán and PAISLEY BLUE featuring Isabel Pask. In part one, Durán plays a man dogged by his past sins, looking for companionship or maybe salvation. In part two we meet Pornhub worker, Jesse, who goes by the name of Paisley Blue. Played by Pask, Jesse is looking for someone to make her feel wanted, or at least not so alone. These intimate, lyrical portraits of two people, separated by more than lockdowns and travel restrictions, show them grappling with the past and what it means for their future. Their stories include mature themes and may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
Each performance will conclude in a conversation with the playwright and director about creating and connecting during a global pandemic.
“Working with an artist like Octavio is a rare gift,” says Apodaca, “He is collaborative, inventive, generous and just so kind. And his work is actually haunting. His characters are following me around, demanding attention.”
The performances will be presented over Zoom with an evening and matinee option. Tickets are available on a sliding scale online at ashlandnewplays.org/season/.