New York Theatre Workshop: bala.fruta./bullet.fruit
New York Theatre Workshop


August 20, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Theater Department season. This is an archived view.

A meditation on bullets in a country whose god is a gun.

22/23 Theater Department

Written and performed by Jesús I. Valles
Directed by Adil Mansoor

"My first bullet flew swiftly through the head of a would-be Mexican president, cut through a street block, a dance club, a Wal-Mart, cut back through to a past never-ending, cut past and rattled in my brain until it bloomed into these words, into my living." bala.fruta./bullet.fruit. is the second solo show by Jesús I. Valles ((Un)Documents). In the end, bala.fruta./bullet.fruit. asks, "What might be the opposite of a bullet? Where might we find it?"

Jesús I. Valles (they/them) is a queer Mexican immigrant writer-performer from Cd. Juarez/El Paso. Jesús has received fellowships CantoMundo, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Lambda Literary fellow, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Community of Writers' Poetry, Idyllwild Arts, Undocupoets, the Poetry Incubator, and Tin House Scholar. Their work has been featured in The New Republic, Palabritas, Quarterly West, Palette, The Adroit Journal, PANK, NPR's Code Switch, The Slowdown, The BreakBeat Poets' LatiNext Anthology, and the Best New Poets 2020 anthology. As an actor, they are the recipient of four B. Iden Payne Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama (2018), and Outstanding Original Script (2018) and they were nominated for the Mark David Cohen New Play Award for their play, (Un)Documents. For their playwriting work, Jesús's playwriting has received awards and support from OUTSider festival, The Kennedy Center, the Kernodle award, and The Flea. Jesús is currently an MFA playwriting student at Brown University.

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