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"Learn to be Latina" at Mixed Blood (Minneapolis)

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“Explosively funny, entertainingly offensive”
—San Francisco Weekly

By Enrique Urueta
Directed by Mark Valdez
April 20–May 13, Protected content
Preview Apr 19; Access Night May 3; Industry Night May 7

The politics of ethnic and sexual identity take center stage in comic playwright Enrique Urueta’s Learn To Be Latina, winner of the national Great Gay Play Contest. Mercilessly off-color, the show offers a riotous take on cultural appropriation—and what makes a pop culture star.

The aspiring Hanan is hot, but FAD Records thinks she’s unmarketable because she’s Lebanese. But if the budding diva can learn to think, sound, and act like the next J.Lo, FAD reasons she can “keep the West and forget the rest.” Desperate for fame, Hanan surrenders her ethnic identity for Latin pop stardom in this satirical rags-to-riches allegory. Replete with a dominatrix ethnic consultant, a scene-stealing bilingual hand puppet, and wild song and dance numbers, Learn To Be Latina is ultimately a coming out tale with heart.

Minneapolis Forum