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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fútbol and identity play out in ¡Ser!

Karen Anzoategui in ¡Ser! /Ed Krieger

By Nathan Solis

Photo by Ed Krieger

Identity is two cities for Karen Anzoategui in her solo show ¡Ser!  The Highland Park resident examines her life growing up in both Buenos Aires  and Los Angeles as a queer Latina.

Similar to fútbol, Anzoategui examines her life in two homes passed between two parents. She does with comedy and a frenetic energy reserved for play on the field and grapples with the bigger questions about her identity. Does she settle for a dress or pursue soccer and all that it entails?

Anzoategui tackles politics, queer identity and fútbol fanaticism while being passed around by two parents going through their own struggles and all the while she wishes to meet her fútbol idol Diego Maradona.

Presented by The Latino Theater Company ¡Ser! features live music by vocalist CAVA and Walter Miranda in collaboration with Louie Pérez of Los Lobos.

Previous versions of ¡Ser! showcased Anzoategui’s acting and her fútbol skills – she plays weekly with friends at a neighborhood park – and the show has made its rounds throughout several different theaters and institutions, captivating audiences with Argentina’s history and Anzoategui’s sense of humor.

¡Ser! directed by Marcos Nájera, looks to explore the literal and figurative aspects of fútbol in Anzoategui’s life. The show closes Dec. 8.

Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis stories, reviews and photos at Smashed Chair.

One comment

  1. That’s my co-worker!!! I went to watch her perform two weeks ago. This is a definite must watch performance. Check her out everybody!!

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