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OUT'hood FEST: “Divine Sisters” by Laury Gutierrez

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OUT'hood FEST is Boston’s newest festival that lifts up the voices and works of local LGBTQ artists of color. All of the works presented at the festival are new original works and works-in-progress.

Divine Sisters is inspired by the pathbreaking lives of two seventeenth-century women whose stories resonate in our current society. Catalina de Erauso was raised in a Spanish convent, then went on to wear men’s clothes and live the life of a soldier. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a Mexican nun and poet, became the first feminist voice of Latin America. Along with works incorporating the writings of these two exemplary figures, we present music composed by women throughout the centuries, including Hildegard von Bingen, Diana Arismendi, Diana V. Sáez, and Señora Anonymous.

Rumbarroco is an ensemble of acclaimed artists from different latitudes, led by TTO Resident Artist Laury Gutiérrez. Here they combine religious and popular music from past and present —chant, Baroque music, and salsa— creating a delicious Latin-Baroque fusion.

On the day she was born, Laury Gutierrez and her mother were serenaded by her father along with a group of local musicians, beginning her life-long love affair with music. In their home the family often held music soirées, criollo style, where musicians spend the evening playing folk music by ear. Laury soaked up the amazing improvisations of both singers and instrumentalists. She took up the cuatro (Venezuela’s small guitar) and also began guitar lessons. After graduating from high school, she heard the viola da gamba for the first time and fell in love with it. Laury received the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, Venezuela’s most prestigious scholarship award for study abroad, among other top awards and recognitions, and graduated with honors from the College of St. Scholastica, Minnesota. She specializes in music by women composers and in early music from Ibero-America, is the founding director of La Donna Musicale, and is also the founding director of RUMBARROCO, whose mission is to unite diverse communities by highlighting the fusion and confluence of the cultures of Europe, Africa, and the Americas through musical performances and educational outreach.

OUT’hood FEST is the culmination of The Theater Offensive’s OUT'hood Residency Program, which supports the creation of artwork by, for, and/or about LGBTQ people. This residency program supports artists with mentorship, in-kind resources, and financial support. OUT'hood FEST and the OUT'hood Residency Program were made possible by the Barr Foundation and the Klarman Family Foundation. Additional support for OUT'hood Fest comes from our co-presenter Hibernian Hall, the National Performance Network, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Cultural Council, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition.

Since 1989, The Theater Offensive has served its mission with groundbreaking interactive workshops and shows by, for, and about the LGBTQ community. Our work is called OUT In Your Neighborhood (OUT’hood) because we go beyond traditional theater spaces. OUT’hood reflects the diversity of Boston, gives voice to underserved LGBT community members, creates avenues for cross-cultural dialogue, and breaks down the barriers of homophobia, racism, bigotry, and hate. To learn more, visit ttoboston.org

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