Help playwright Jorge Cortinas and see some fantastic performers at New Dramatists

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I just received this notice, sent by Lisa Duggan to the NYU Gender Studies list and thought that readers of this site who are near NYC might really want to attend:


First you fracture it, preferably when you're in between insurance coverage so you're stuck with some significant bills. That's what Jorge did. We've only managed to raise some of the money, so now we're throwing him a benefit at New Dramatists on January 17th, starting at 7 PM to help offset the rest of the costs.

The fundraiser/performance event at New Dramatists below is for the brilliant queer Latino playwright Jorge Cortinas, who fractured his clavicle in a bicycle accident during a period of being uninsured.

Please come, circulate the announcement, and help pack the house.

(If you don't know Cortinas' work check out the listing from New Dramatists below, then scroll down to the fundraiser announcement.)


  • Special celebrity acts include:

    the indomitable Young Jean Lee
    music from Monster Rally, unplugged
    novelist and playwright Jessica Hagedorn
    Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl
    renowned poet R. Erica Doyle
    a short play by Kia Corthran
    MacArthur winner Lynn Nottage
    Andrea Thome from
    Brooke Berman, author of Hunting and Gathering at Primary Stages
    and Mia Katigbak says she will hula!

    Celebrity hosts will be there to mingle and sell you tasty shots. Yes, the
    rumors are true. Queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz and the Rattlestick
    Theater's own Lou Moreno and publisher Eduardo Aparicio will be among our
    official hosts. We challenge you to resist their charms.

    Now how much will all this cost you? We're going to ask you for ten to
    fifteen dollars at the door (give more if you want!). But if you can't
    afford it, come anyway. We won't turn you away. That's how we roll.

    RSVP to 718-446-6129 just to make sure you get a good seat.

    Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas's many awards include the Helen Merrill Award; the Robert Chesley Award; "playwright of the year" in El Nuevo Herald’s year-end list; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, among others. He has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, the Mark Taper, Hartford Stage and New World Theater. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and a member of the Playwrights Coalition at MCC. Jorge is also an accomplished writer of fiction, for which he has been awarded the Beth Lisa Feldman Prize, the James Assatly Memorial Prize, and first prize in the Fiction Contest of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

    Before he began writing, Jorge worked for years as a full-time advocate seeking to advance an array of progressive causes, both nationally and internationally. Among the groups he worked with were the Coalition for Immigrant Rights, ACT-UP, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. The scope of his experience informs his playwriting and his strikingly original scripts find a range of formal solutions that match the diversity of his subject matter.

    This is a private event, not a New Dramatists event, so all the more reason
    to lavish special thanks on New Dramatists for use of their space. And
    thanks also to the Dramatists Guild Fund, Dr. Douglas Unis, the Actor's
    Fund, the Episcopal Actor's Fund, Max's Kansas City Cafe and Change, Inc.
    for their support