A Boy Called Noise


Martyr, Coward, Fag, Lover, Son A gay teenager is murdered. A town tries to cover it up. A family struggles to respond. Only one will risk it all for justice. 

Join Julia Steele Allen and Ray Rizzo for this original one-woman rock opera that charts the distance from tragedy to transformation through the experiences of Noise’s mama Cindy Lou, his Daddy One-Eyed Jack, his lover Fishbone, his sister “Hurricane Alicia” and his best friend, Beth-Ann, on the day of Noise’s funeral. Each of them struggles with their sudden loss and their sense of responsibility; haunted by what they could have done differently, and what they could still do now, to honor the memory of a boy called Noise.


Julia Steele Allen (Writer/ Performer) is an activist, community organizer, performer and poet living in New York City. She is a graduate of the Experimental Performance Institute of the New College of California in San Francisco. She has performed versions of “A Boy Called Noise” in the 2006 San Francisco Fringe Festival (won the “Best New Performer” award), and in theaters in New Mexico, NYC, and most recently as part of the Motherlodge Festival in Louisville Kentucky (2009) and The Downtown Urban Theater Festival in NYC (2009). She is part of a two-person band called My Gay Banjo and has just completed her first book of poetry: The Good Left in US. For more information go to: www.juliasteeleallen.com 

Ray Rizzo (Writer/ Musical Director/ Performer) Drummer: Days Of the New, King Kong, Dawn Landes, Lady Rizo, Less The Band, M (David Pajo), Nellie McKay, and Moby. Songwriter/arranger: Adam Rapp’s “Essential Self Defense” (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk Nomination) and “Finer Noble Gases” (Humana Festival, Rattlestick, Fringe First Award, Edinburgh); “Los Angeles” by Julian Sheppard (FleaTheater) and the upcoming “Canary” by Molly Rice, directed by Rachel Chavkin of TEAM. Writer/producer: Less The Band, a.m. Sunday, Motherlodge Vol. 1, The Adventures of Opus Ditty and Farmer Jay, Astroland.