"One writes out of one thing only — one's own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art."-- James Baldwin
Adelina has toured nationally as a solo artist for almost a decade. Her solo plays vary in style and themes, but they always push boundaries, ideas and dialogue. Here is a selection of her most popular works:
Mastering Sex & Tortillas!
A Requiem for Queer Amor
La Angry Xicana?!
La Sad Girl...
Bruising for Besos
Over the years, Adelina has had the pleasure of collaborating with many other artists. Early on in her undergraduate career at the University of Dallas, she wrote, directed and produced her original play, Hipocrisy. During that time, she also adapted La Celestina for the stage and played it for a public audience in Dallas, Texas. Fast forward to her year at UCLA in the MFA Theater Directing Program and she wrote, directed and produced along with other LUCHA members, her original play, Tonantzin. She was also the co-adapter for MACHA's lesbian rendition of Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding. Several years later, she would work with Alison De La Cruz and D'Lo on the collaborative show, Spotlight Stealerz, that showcased original works from all three performance artists.
Today, she's pleased to continue her collaboration with D'Lo with her latest play, Talking Taboo in the Beast of Times.
Throughout the years, Adelina has had poems published in anthologies coming out of Texas, California, and Germany. Most significantly, she is one of three poet-collaboraters from Tragic Bitches.
Online you can find several of Adelina's work in these genres. Try the archives of the Progressive Media Project, Colorlines, and various anthologies like Bedroom Eyes, Best American Erotica, Nerve, Texas Short Stories II and Fifteen Candles.
Adelina is frequently asked to address students for conferences, graduations and other special occasions. Excerpts of some of these keynotes coming soon.
WHAT'S BEEN SAID ABOUT HER SOLO WORKS:
"Anthony's solo performance chronicles a tale of dysfunction with uproarious humor and heartfelt gravity, deftly balancing both and delivering a riveting work... (she) effortlessly embodies a host of characters."--LA WEEKLY
"Her combination of performance art, standup comedy, and social satire takes the often-problematic solo-show vehicle into fresh and invigorating dramatic territory." --BACKSTAGE WEST
"Anthony is a striking performer with to-die-for cheekbones that could chop firewood... she bristles with seductive, simmering rage." --LA TIMES
"Bawdy, proud and hysterical... Anthony’s performance is as whip smart as it is bathroom-stall naughty." --LA WEEKLY
"Original work, the raucous, ultrasapphic comedy Mastering Sex & Tortillas!.... This is not the PC, Birkenstocky, close-cropped lesbian culture some folks may expect. Ms. Anthony seems determined to shake up audiences of every stripe. But she's likely to leave them shaking with laughter... screamingly funny." --DALLAS MORNING NEWS
"If we can agree that a performance artist is one who doesn't just perform, but mounts an entire theatrical vision, then Anthony made it into the clubhouse. She presents three performances of her one-woman show, Under Her Belly: Glistening... (she) takes the unpleasant topic of the torture of political prisoners in Latin American countries and uses it as the engine for a spiritual journey of one woman." --DALLAS OBSERVER
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