• The Next Chapter of Arts Education: D-Tours

    Our newest Arts Education Program, D-Tours, is a partnership with the San Diego Unified School District bringing LGBT-themed shows to high school campuses across San Diego County. In this traveling program, Diversionary will connect with schools and students unable to participate in our Student Matinee series or other programming we offer. D-Tours provides an important opportunity to meet the students where they live and work with a powerful performance exploring LGBT themes and issues, providing exposure to the theater arts for youth from a broad spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds. D-Tours will reach over 2,000 students annually in the San Diego Unified School District and is provided FREE of charge to schools. Welcome to La Misa, Baby is created and developed by David Drake and Migguel Anggelo in a new play written by David Drake

  • About the Show
    In response to the tragic shooting in Orlando and the continuing attacks against the LGBTQ community, performer and activist Migguel Anggelo presents his brand new one-man show. Using music, dance, and a kaleidoscope of personalities, Migguel pays homage to one of the most sacred spaces in gay culture: the disco.

    Welcome to La Misa, Baby! In a defunct religious sanctuary-turned-safe space called La Misa, LGBTQ revelers interact with Manuela, the celebrated drag queen and high-priestess of the glittering disco club. This one-actor, six-character play performed by Migguel Anggelo weaves a compelling, narrative collage celebrating the history of queer safe spaces in America and the LGBTQ communities that come together nightly in times of joy and crisis. Welcome to La Misa, Baby inspires audiences to contemplate what understanding, tolerance, belonging and safety mean for Queer and Latinx communities in the United States of today.

    Welcome to La Misa, Baby is created and developed by David Drake and Migguel Anggelo in a new play written by David Drake


  • About the Creative Team

    Welcome to La Misa, Baby is created and developed by David Drake and Migguel Anggelo in a new play written by David Drake.

    Directed by Skyler Sullivan
    Original Music and Sound Design by Enrico de Trizio
    Dramaturgy by Jeremy Stoller
    Production and Stage Management by Sarah Priest

    Welcome to La Misa, Baby has been developed in collaboration with the La Guardia Performing Arts Center and the National Queer Theater.

    Migguel Anggelo - Co-Creator/Performer
    Migguel is a Venezuelan born / Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist.  His work explores the intersections of queer, Latino, and immigration identities, as well as the role of the artist in contemporary society.  Migguel Anggelo is currently a 2020 Resident Artist of the NY Presenter Consortium and was previously a 2019 Joe’s Pub Working Group resident.  As a musician, Migguel Anggelo has released two albums (Dónde Estará Matisse and La Casa Azul) and as a theater artist, has been awarded residencies to develop new works at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia) and BRIC (Brooklyn). He has been featured in festivals like LPAC’s Rough Draft and Provincetown’s Afterglow and has served as a cultural attaché, under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, in two separate 10-city tours of Russia.  
    Currently, Migguel has been rigorously developing and performing his outrageously queer and gender-bending concert experience, LatinXoxo, created with J. Julian Christopher, Jaime Lozano, and Srđa Vasiljević.  He also conceived and performed SClose: Love and Hate, Another Son of Venezuela, I, Inmigrante, and Welcome to La Misa, Baby all co-created with Obie Award-winner David Drake. Migguel is concurrently developing several new works and recording projects, including an album entitled English with an Accent, and a multi-character and immigrant-driven musical entitled The Last Supper with Christina Quintana (CQ) and Jaime Lozano.  For more, please visit: www.migguelanggelo.com Instagram: @migguelanggelo
    David Drake - Co-Creator/Playwright
    David is the Artistic Director of the Provincetown Theater as well as a director, writer, and actor.  He is most widely known as the Obie Award-winning playwright/performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. NY directing credits (new works): Theatre for the New City, Joe’s Pub, HERE, Dixon Place, multiple shows (and awards) at the NYC International Fringe Festival and Under the Radar at The Public Theater. Artist residencies: Dance Theater Workshop, New School, Maryland Institute College of Art, Out North Art House, the Kimmel Center, BRIC. David has twice been a Directing Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Lab. His production of The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac won a Herald “Angel” Award upon its debut at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe. David’s production of Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge at HERE landed on many publication’s “Best of the Year” lists and won a 2010 Obie Award. Most recently, David directed the premiere of J.Stephen Brantley’s The Jamb at The Kraine, off-Broadway, and has written and directed Migguel Anggelo’s So Close: Love & Hate, Another Son of Venezuela, and I, Inmigrante at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater.  Currently, David and Migguel Anggelo have been creating and developing WELCOME TO LA MISA, BABY which David has written.
    Enrico de Trizio - Original Music and Sound Design
    Enrico is an Italian-born GRAMMY® and Emmy® award winning composer, music producer, sound designer and music programmer based in NYC. 

    He has worked with: multi Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Meryl Streep, Pulitzer Prize nominated poet Cornelius Eady, Tony Award and Golden Globe award winning composer Justin Paul, Tony award sound designer Clive Godwin, Tony, nine time Tony Award, Grammy and Emmy Award actress/singer Audra McDonald, Tony Award-nominated singer Jarrod Spector, ten time Grammy Award winner singer Bobby McFerrin, six time Grammy Award winner Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire).

    His recent credits include: Emel Mathlouthi (US/Canada tour 2018), Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway and Tour), Prince of Broadway (Broadway), The Great Comet (Original Broadway Cast recording), Book of Mormon (Broadway), Finding Neverland (North American tour), Mamma Mia (North and Latin American tour), BET 106&Park, Latin Billboard Music Awards 2008. 

    His work has been featured at the MIT (Boston), Instituto Superior de Artes (Cuba), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana(Cuba), International Community for Auditory Display (Washington, DC), Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China), Interaction Design Children Conference (NY).

    He majored with highest honors in Piano Performance and Jazz Music from the Conservatorio “N. Piccinni” in Bari (Italy) and in Electronic Production and Design from the Berklee College of Music. www.enricodetrizio.com  
    Jeremy Stoller - Dramaturg
    Jeremy has served as dramaturg on the world premieres of Ken Urban’s A Guide for the Homesick (Huntington) and Nibbler (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); L M Feldman’s A People (Orbiter 3); Paper Canoe’s Light (Triskelion Arts); and R. Eric Thomas’s Will You Accept This Friend Request? (First Person Arts Festival); and on the US premiere of Ken Urban’s Sense of an Ending (59E59). Additional dramaturgy/literary work with The Civilians, Disney Theatrical, The Flea, Hypokrit Theatre, Luna Stage, Musical Theatre Factory, Play On! Shakespeare, PlayPenn, Jewish Plays Project, terraNOVA Collective, Two River Theater. Teaching: Drew University, KCACTF2, PlayPenn. Director of New Work, Keen Company. Co-founder, Beehive Dramaturgy Studio.
    Sarah Priest - Stage and Production Manager
    Broadway: Bandstand, This is Our Youth, A Raisin in the Sun, Matilda, Soul Doctor, Elf the Musical; Touring: Dear Evan Hansen First National Tour, Matilda First National Tour; Off Broadway: Heisenberg (MTC), Hamilton (The Public), The Maids (SRT), Caucasian Chalk Circle (SRT); Television: NBC’s The Wiz Live!, NBC’s Peter Pan Live!; Benefits: BCEFA/DRA; Graduate of SUNY Purchase. Love to Josh.
  • We invite students and educators to use this page as a resource for our D-Tours program. Please direct all questions to Skyler Sullivan, Director of Arts Education and Outreach: ssullivan@diversionary.org or 619-220-6830 x 204

    Downloadable Lesson Plans

    Information on PULSE

    In the early hours of June 12th, 2016 the patrons of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida were wrapping up an evening of dancing at Latin Night. The club was packed with patrons old and young, gay and straight. In a horrific act of violence and hate, a gunman entered the club around 2:00 am and began to shoot. The shooter claimed the lives of 49 people, and injured 53 more.

    NY Times Article-“Realizing Itʼs a Small, Terrifying
    World After All “


  • What was the inspiration for you to create Welcome to La Misa, Baby?

    In 2017, The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on the Lower East Side of NYC invited us to create a piece for their Fearless Festival in which all of the participating artists were asked to make work in response to the tragic shooting at the Pulse Nightclub.  In response, David Drake and I created a gallery of Latino, immigrant characters that you might find beneath the disco ball in one of the most sacred of places in queer culture:  The Gay Disco.

    How has the piece evolved since 2017?

    Boy, is it a process to create art!

    Welcome to La Misa, Baby has been part of four separate workshops and development opportunities over the last few years and now has a linear narrative that runs through it, connecting our main character, Manuela (drag queen and high-priestess of the La Misa) to the rest of the characters that I play in the show.  But more so, the piece now asks audiences to consider what safety means.  If the disco was historically a “safe space” for its revelers, we ask what understanding, tolerance, belonging and safety mean for Queer and Latinx communities in the United States of today.

    The work has come a long way, and we are excited to share its evolution.

    Could you share a little bit about your process for creating one of your shows?

    Let me talk about the process of creating Welcome to La Misa because it’s representative of other works and most connected to this conversation! Making theater is a team sport, and I have been collaborating with David Drake for years.  We have created multiple shows together as well as co-written lyrics for songs, and we each bring different experiences to the table.

    We talk a lot about our goals. I share a lot of personal information with David that ultimately becomes part of our characters or storylines. For instance, Elena, the mother in the play is based on my mother and experiences I have had with my mother.  David ultimately takes the stories I share and characters and situations that we either invent together or are based on reality, and then he writes poetically to give it all a narrative structure.

    Of course, there are so many other talented folks involved.  David Drake was the original Director as well as the writer of the piece, but we have recently brought in David Mendizibal as our Director for the next iteration of the work. David Mendizibal has been instrumental in helping us refine the story and find a focus to the work with fresh eyes.  We are also so lucky to have Jeremy Stoller as a Dramaturg to help us continuously push the work, and what is a nightclub without music?! The original music and audio-scape of sounds is wildly important to the piece. Enrico de Trizio is responsible for that magic. Sarah Priest has been a wonderful production and stage manager for the work as it has been developing, and she, too, is instrumental in pushing the work forward.

    You know, it takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of concentration, and you have to keep putting it in front of audiences to see how they react, but I am indebted to this talented team of artists and friends because together we make it happen.  I can’t do it without them, and I am incredibly proud and appreciative of their partnership, support, collaborative spirit, and commitment to art-making.

    Why are the themes of this work important to you?

    Horrible hate crimes like what happened at Pulse must stop.  I believe that love is much stronger than hate, and I strive to make work that has this message at its core.

    What would you like the students and teachers to know about this show before they see it?

    Gay. Straight. Trans.  We’re all the same. We all want safety. Understanding. We all want to belong.  We all want love. These are human rights.

  • Queer Heartache
    The inaugural D-Tours production was the award-winning solo show Queer Heartache, written and performed by Trans New York City-based spoken word artist Kit Yan.  Queer Heartache is a tour de force autobiographical exploration what it means to be Trans, Queer, and an Asian-American immigrant. Kit has toured the show across the country to great acclaim, appearing at American Repertory Theater in Boston, IRT Theater and The Brick Theater Transgender Theater Festival in New York City, San Francisco Fringe, and Chicago Fringe. They presented the show on Diversionary’s Mainstage in Fall 2018. Queer Heartache is the recipient of the Spirit of Fringe, Artists’ Pick, and Audience Choice Awards at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival, as well as the Best of Fringe and Volunteer’s Choice Awards at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival.

    Considering the timeliness of the issues facing queer, Trans, and immigrant communities, Queer Heartache will have a significant impact on the young people it reaches and provide a powerful launch of this new touring program throughout San Diego County. Queer Heartache

    Queer Heartache is an explosion of slam poetry that is at once compelling, hilarious, and, as its title promises, heartbreaking. Award-winning poet/performer Kit Yan takes the audience on an adventure ride through their life, investigating what it means to be Trans, Queer, and Asian American. Navigating the intimate and formidable landscape of family, the dating pool, and the medical establishment, Kit will steal your heart and change how you look at the world around you. Hold tight to your rainbow and enjoy the ride!

    About Kit Yan

    Kit Yan is a Yellow American New York-based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii.

    Kit is a 2018-19 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, 2019 Lincoln Center Writer in residence, and a 2019-2020 Musical Theater Factory Makers Fellow.

    Their work has been produced by the American Repertory Theater, the Smithsonian, Musical Theater Factory, the New York Musical Festival, Diversionary Theater, and Dixon Place. They have been a resident with the Civilians, Mitten Lab, 5th Avenue Theater, the Village Theater, a WP/Public theater translab fellow and founder.

    Their musical written with Melissa Li, Interstate, won 5 awards at the 2018 New York Musical Festival, including Best Lyrics. Kit’s show Queer Heartache has won 5 awards at the Chicago and SF Fringe Festivals, and their second musical written with Melissa Li, Miss Step, is under first draft commission at 5th Avenue Theater. 1

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