In Play Reviews

The hilarious and deliciously biting play Love in the Time of Piñatas will be presented as a virtual staged reading on October 24 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the PCS Remix: Play Readings series. Written and starring Baruch Porras Hernandez, and directed by Richard A. Mosqueda, the live event will be followed by the release of a recording that will be available for a limited time. Tickets for the live event are on sale now and tickets for the recording will be released following the event.

“I am super excited that Portland Center Stage has decided to host my magical piñata party! You are all invited! Grab a donut and a party hat so you can celebrate the queer immigrant spirit with me!” said Porras Hernandez of his PCS virtual debut.

The play brings love, piñatas, and donuts to the fight against injustice, hatred, and oppression in all its flavors (but especially the orange-tinged variety). Porras Hernandez shares stories of his journey as a Queer Latino boy growing up in Toluca, Mexico, and immigrating to California. Using poetry, stand-up comedy, and sweaty go-go dance vibes, the play serves up everything from Rainbow Brite realness to Frida Kahlo glitter magic along the way.

Corey Baker, Baruch Porras Hernandez, and Christopher Garay-Perez in Epic Party Theatre’s production of Love in the Time of Pinatas, December 2019. Photo by Robbie Sweeney courtesy Epic Party Theatre.

Love in the Time of Piñatas received its first fully staged production at Epic Party Theatre in San Francisco in 2019, where it played to sold-out crowds. The San Francisco Chronicle raved that the show sparkles, noting its “erotic donuts, wild poetry, hot pants, and sharp insights.” Theatre Eddys said, “Porras Hernandez brings a bubbling, bombastic personality bigger than life and a story about his life that is probing and pointed, baring and ballsy, humorous and heartfelt.”

Tickets can be purchased at pcs.org or by calling the box office at 503.445.3700. Please note that this show contains adult content and partial nudity. More Cinformation is available at pcs.org/love-in-the-time-of-pinatas-staged-reading.

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