"Eastside Queer Stories Festival" in Boyle Heights

The city of Boyle Heights has been historically marked by significant Mexican/Mexican-American presence. With this in mind, the area can be considered one of the focal points in understanding the complexity and authenticity of the Latino narrative in America. A narrative very often rooted in perseverance and immigration now turns its attention to include the struggles of self-identity.

Amid the attention involving issues of self-identity, the Q Youth Foundation's Eastside Queer Storytelling events joined forces with CASA 0101 Theater's Brown & Out Festival Theater ensemble to present a first-of-its-kind "Eastside Queer Stories Festival". The original production has been scheduled to debut at Little Casa in Boyle Heights on Friday June 17th through Sunday June 26th.

The powerful partnership between both organizations aims to inspire LGBTQIA+/SOGIE/QTPOC individuals to join the team in efforts to contribute their own unique stories and visions in future productions. More importantly, this collaboration invites communities to learn, laugh, love, and cry with a series of thirteen acts all written by prominent LGBT Playwrights.

The series of 5-minute short plays render love, relationship, friendship, family, empowerment, and owning one's identity. "Eastside Queer Stories Festival" promises to be a unique experience by providing a platform for self-expression to voices in communities that otherwise remain unheard.

Performances are held on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 5 p.m., at Little Casa Theater, located at 2009 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. General ticket admissions are $15, $12 students/seniors/groups of 10+, and $10 for Boyle Heights residents.