Monday, August 26th, 2013
Written and Performed by Arturo Soria
Directed by Eric Hoff
You Don’t Know My Life, Ni Mi Madre is about a young queer man and his larger than life immigrant mother who claims that if it weren’t for Madonna, Meryl Streep, and Angelina Jolie she would have been the “IT” thing. Tragedy sends the two on a journey into their past and little by little they must unravel the disappointments that tear them apart and the lineage that binds them together. Through humor and storytelling You Don’t Know My Life, Ni Mi Madre explores identity, gender, culture, family, love, forgiveness and what it means to be a mother and son.
You Don’t Know My Life, Ni Mi Madre has been in development since Arturo Soria was nestled in his mother’s womb. It didn’t hit the page until his senior year of high school when he was asked to write a stand up routine for an audition. The pages went untouched until his final year at The Theatre School at DePaul University where he wrote and performed YDKML for the first time in his Solo Performance class. It was there that YDKML was officially born. Arturo recently performed in the Off-Broadway premiere of Hit The Wall by Ike Holter and directed by Eric Hoff. His work in this role was recognized in The New Yorker Magazine. Other notable roles include: Creon in Oedipus el Rey at Victory Gardens Theatre; Sharpe in Equivocation at Victory Gardens Theatre; Santiago in A Few Good Men at Peninsula Players; and John in Fucking Men by Tony Award winning playwright Joe DiPietro. Arturo is also a teaching artist at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre