Guerrilla Rep, Galería de la Raza and Define American present a staged reading of Prieto, a new autobiographical solo show by Yosimar Reyes at Galeria de la Raza. 

Nationally acclaimed poet and spoken-word artist Yosimar Reyes expands his repertoire to include a full-length solo performance. Prieto is an autobiographical one-man show that follows Yosimar’s journey growing up queer, poor, and undocumented in the hoods of Eastside San Jose. His grandmother and grandfather recycle bottles and cans to pay for the rent. The boys on his block constantly tease him telling him he acts like a girl, but no one has taken the time to teach him how to be a boy. As a young boy, he struggled to understand and wrap his head around manhood. That is until he wrapped his mouth around it. Find out how Bell Hooks f’ed with his money, how James Baldwin helped him embrace his queerness, and how The Color Purple saved his life. Because no matter how hard things got, he knew he had it better than Celie.

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…” was self published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry. 

Yes - even just his partial bio is sexy as hell. But wait until you see him perform. His unabashed and unapologetic critique and deconstruction of patriarchy is not only heart-wrenching, but also truly ball-busting. Watching Yosimar perform is an experience some may refer to as a "boxer/brief dropper." And yes - a few panties dropped along the way, in select instances.


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