“The type of political theater desperately missing in San Francisco and the Bay Area.”
After the show, Adriana Camarena from Justice 4 Alex Nieto, killed by SFPD on March 21, 2014 Coalition will talk about the recent firing of SFPD Chief Suhr, the case of Luis Gongora and her own case to fight an eviction and win at the Pigeon Palace on The Mission.
Come see why this show is so important now as we track the beginning of gentrification in The Mission during the 1990’s dot-com boom. We learn the legacy of neighborhood through its off-beat characters. We see artists, bohemians, salseros, techies, immigrants and gangster puppets. What did we leave our children?
At the crux of You’re Gonna Cry is a heartbreaking story chronicling the human cost of gentrification. So much to talk about!
Flores brings a critical perspective combined with raw realism and even a gangster puppet show to illuminate a historic moment when the city’s facade and cultural landscape changed. Like many young artists, Paul Flores came to San Francisco in 1995 looking to find a community.
YOU’RE GONNA CRY is about the hard realities of the Mission District and the people who make it a place to love.
Theater MadCap is proud to present the return of Paul S. Flores’s, “You’re Gonna Cry”, for a limited run, Fri May 6th – Sat May 28th, at The Phoenix Theater at 414 Mason St in San Francisco.
ABOUT PAUL FLORES:
Flores was named The San Francisco Weekly’s 2011 Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist for his solo show YOU’RE GONNA CRY, directed by Brian Freeman which documents the demographic shift of The Mission District after the “dot-com” boom.
Flores’ play REPRESENTA! features Cuban rapper Julio Cardenas, directed by Danny Hoch, and originally produced by La Peña Cultural Center and the San Francisco International Arts Festival at the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2007 and later toured to 17 cities.
His newest play PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo (2012) was directed by Michael John Garcés, and starred Ric Salinas of Culture Clash. PLACAS premiered at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater in Union Square, San Francisco as a co-production of SFIAF and Central American Resource Center, and later toured to The Los Angeles Theater Center, and Off Broadway at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City.
Flores has received the National Performance Network Creation Fund, NEA Theater grant, San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, CCI Investing in Artists Grant, and National Association for Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts, among other awards.
Flores is a highly respected youth arts educator. As a co-founder of Youth Speaks Inc., he introduced spoken word to hundreds of thousands of youth all over the country, and helped develop the national platform for young people to build peer relationships and strategize toward a better future through the Brave New Voices: National Teen Poetry Slam, now seen on HBO. Flores currently manages the Latino Men & Boys Program, funded by The California Endowment, at The Unity Council in East Oakland. He is also adjunct faculty of Theater at the University of San Francisco.