|Garage Allstars edition 3 focuses on men’s performance this week with Philip Huang and poet Baruch Porras-Hernandez.
If you want to see the future of the stage, come see Philip Huang in NyQuil and Xtube, a perfect example of Philip’s unique genre, which Keith Hennessy describes as “trans-ecstatic retarded.” There will be a knife-fight. There will be zombies. There will be breastfeeding. This is THE show to catch in the Queer Arts Festival.
Reasons to Stay on the Ground – As a Performance Poet Baruch Porras-Hernandez has featured regularly all over the Bay Area and on the East Coast. He has had the pleasure of featuring at the Berkeley Poetry Slam, Pace University’s Annual Poetry Slam in New York, DC’s Busboys and Poets, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The San Francisco Queer Open Mic, SMACKDAB at Magnet in the Castro, Brainwash OpenMicCafe and The Garage Art Space in San Francisco. He recently had the honor of featuring at CAPTURING FIRE the National Queer Poetry Summit and Slam in D.C., where he performed along side Chris August, Tara Hardy, Andrea Gibson and made it to the finals in the Queer Slam Poetry Competition. He has also taken part in projects such as Attraction, Queer Arts Festival of Music and Poetry in San Francisco, where he performed with the band Orchid and Hound, and was a part of Keith Hennessy’s TOO MUCH a Queer Art Marathon at MaMa Calizo’s Voice Factory Theatre, where he premiered his original piece Reasons to Stay on the Ground. As an Actor his favorite roles include Tom Smith in How Tom Smith caused the 1906 Earth Quake and R.D. in Ancestor with Word for Word, Giulliano in FoolsFURY’s production of Big Love, Fadi in The Arab Israeli Cookbook with TheatreFIRST, Democratus in Elastic Future’s The Greek Play, and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen with The Mendocino Theatre Company. Other work has been with CalShakes as a singing guard with Amy Freed’s Restoration Comedy, Shotgun Players as a Woodcutter in Blood Wedding, and a very gay Osric in some play called Hamlet with Impact Theatre. His most haunting role was singing and dancing as Osama bin Laden with Custom Made Theater Company’s dark musical comedy Bye Bye bin Laden! He understudied the roles of Simon Stimson, Joe Stoddard, Constable Warren and the Professor for Berkeley Rep’s production of Our Town, and has worked on several staged readings and small projects with Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Playwright’s Foundation, Exit Theater, and Cutting Ball Theater. Mr. Porras-Hernandez was born in Toluca, Mexico and grew up in Albany, California. He holds a Theatre Arts Degree, Acting Concentration from Sonoma State University. During the day he works at Magic Theatre, the Bay Area’s home for new plays and is one of the Organizers and Hosts for The San Francisco Queer Open Mic.
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