Performance artist Jose Torres-Tama coming to UA Wednesday

Jose Torres Tama

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Award-winning New Orleans Performance artist Jose Torres-Tama is coming to Fayetteville for a one night only performance this week.

Torres-Tama will be performing his series of monologues entitled Aliens, Immigrants, and Other Evildoers on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Hillside Auditorium (room 206) on the University of Arkansas Campus.

According to the artist’s website, the show “satirizes the status of Latino immigrants as ‘aliens’ and explores the rise in hate crimes against immigrants across the U.S.”

Torres-Tama, who was born in Ecuador and grew up in New Jersey and New York, said he uses real stories and experiences from immigrants living in the U.S. to develop the show, utilizing “ritual, impersonation, and sci-fi imagery” to convey their stories.

The show was developed through a National Performance Network Creation Fund award, and with the commissioning support of MECA in Houston, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans, and GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, DC.

The performance on campus Wednesday is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. The show is open to the general public, and admission is free.