TOWARDS T, OR NOT TOWARDS T? Coming to the Kirk Douglas Theater in June

Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theater returns with the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s production of “To T, or Not To T? A Comedic Trans Journey through (T)estosterone and Masculinity” from June 25 to July 10, 2022. Opening is scheduled for June 29.

Written and performed by renowned Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/screenwriter/comedian queer/transgender D’Lo, “To T, or Not To T?” is a personal, daring and hilarious autobiographical piece. With direction and dramaturgy by Adelina Anthony, “To T, or Not To T?” follows D’Lo’s transformational journey of taking “T” from his childhood days in Lancaster, California to the embodiment of beautiful masculinity. Along the way, “To T, or Not To T?” explores how her relationship with her immigrant father, her love for hip hop and feminism, and her chosen family shape her decisions as an artist and as a human.

Commissioned as a studio production by Dixon Place in New York (2017) “To T, or Not To T?” was originally produced at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Winner of the Center Theater Group‘s 2021 Dorothy and Richard Sherwood Award, D’Lo’s work ranges from stand-up comedy, one-man theater, stage plays, film, short stories and poetry. His solo shows “Ramble-Ations”, “D’FunQT”, “D’FaQTo Life” and “To T, or Not To T?” has toured to theaters and festivals nationally, and is a regular performer/lecturer on the college/university circuit. He is currently working on his latest solo piece titled “Queer Noise” with support from Center Theater Group’s Library Series and the LA LGBT Center. His work has been published or written about in academic journals and anthologies, with articles in The Guardian, NBC and The Advocate. He created the “Coming Out, Coming Home” series of writing workshops with South Asian and/or immigrant LGBTQ organizations nationwide. His acting credits include: “Looking”, “Transparent”, “Sense8”, “Mr. Robot”, “Connecting”, and “Minimum Wage” produced by Issa Rae. Most recently, D’Lo received the Artist Disruptor Fellowship through the Center for Cultural Performance and 5050×2020, an initiative started by Joey Soloway, and he is also a Civic Media Fellow through the Annenberg School of Innovation in USC funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Adelina Anthony (she/they) is an award-winning Two Spirit Xicana lesbian feminist artist who lives and works in the lands of Tongva. As a solo performing theater artist, they have been nominated twice for the Herb Alpert Award. They were directors and participated in the development process of “To T, or Not To T?” by D’Lo. since 2017. She has collaborated with D’Lo on several theater and film projects in various capacities since 2006. Together with Marisa Becerra, they are the co-founder of AdeRisa Productions. Anthony is a Film Independent Project Involve and Sundance Intensive Fellow. She received a Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media Fund Award and an Arts Matter Foundation Fellowship and is a 2021 HBO Max Pa’Lante! Promise/WarnerMedia OneFifty Artist. She practices the indigenous principle: Story is Medicine.

Fifty-two years ago, the Los Angeles LGBT Center committed to building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and contributing members of society. Since 1969, the Center has proudly cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today, the Center’s approximately 800 staff provide services to more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, delivering programs, services and global advocacy. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and shines as a beacon for LGBT people everywhere. For more information, please visit www.lalgbtcenter.org. Jon Imparato is the Director of Cultural Arts at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

One of the nation’s leading arts and culture organizations, Center Theater Group is Los Angeles’ premier non-profit theater company, which, under the leadership of Managing Director/CEO Meghan Pressman and Production Manager Douglas C Baker, and in conjunction with the five Associate Artistic Directors, Luis Alfaro, Lindsay Allbaugh, Tyrone Davis, Neel Keller, Kelley Kirkpatrick, program seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and the 1,600-2,100-seat Ahmanson Theater. at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, and at the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the widest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, the Center Theater Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premieres and a leader in programs. interactive community engagement and education sessions that span all generations. , demographics and circumstances to serve Los Angeles.

For now, Center Theater Group will continue to require masks, along with proof of full vaccination and government or education-issued ID at all of our locations. Booster injections are strongly recommended. This is in line with the commitments we have made with our artists, staff and audiences to keep them safe. According to guidelines set by the CDC, “fully vaccinated” means at least 14 days have passed since you received the last dose of an FDA-cleared or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine. Unvaccinated guests, including children or those with a medical or religious reason, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no later than 48 hours prior to attendance, or a negative rapid antigen test made no later than 24 hours before. All tests must be administered by a professional. Home tests will not be accepted.

The Center Theater Group will continue to work closely with Music Center and LA County officials to ensure they adhere to all applicable health and safety protocols. Please note that these health and safety measures are subject to change, at Center Theater Group’s sole discretion and as health and safety guidelines and conditions change. More information regarding safety updates as well as public vaccination, testing and mask requirements can be found at CenterTheatreGroup.org/Safety

Tickets for “To T, or Not To T? A Comedic Trans Journey through (T)estosterone and Masculinity” are on sale now and start at $30. They are available through CenterTheatreGroup.org, Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theater Group box offices (at the Ahmanson Theatre) at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in downtown LA 90012 or at the Kirk Douglas Theater (opens 2 hours before curtain) at 9820 Washington Blvd. at Culver City 90232. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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