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Outside the Circle
Intermedia Arts, Pangea World Theater, and Teatro del Pueblo present
A straight man with cerebral palsy & a queer woman meet one night in a Tijuana bar, and relive their experiences of unrequited love.

By Andrea Assaf and Samuel Valdez
Directed by Dora Arreola
Performed by Andrea Assaf, Samuel Valdez, and Maria Vale

Performance Run: 7:30PM, March 15 - March 17, 2012
Tickets: $12 advance, students, seniors, groups of 10+ | $15 door

A straight man with cerebral palsy and a queer woman recount their adventures, and share their woes, of unsuccessful attempts to seduce (straight) women. Their lives on both sides of the border intersect one night, when they meet at a Tijuana bar, and become entwined in each other’s stories. Their parallel and interweaving tales of unrequited love reveal the illusions of normalcy, and the liberation possible when choosing life… outside the circle. This funny, heartbreaking, experimental play brings people together across identities and communities, to explore what love is, and what happens to love when we internalize society’s phobias. Bilingual, English & Spanish. Adult language & content. Please join us for post-show dialogues on March 16 & 17! Presented as part of Teatro del Pueblo's Political Theater Festival.

$12 advance, student, seniors | $15 door
Purchase advance tickets online, or over the phone by calling (612) 871-4444

Pre-sold tickets are available for pick-up through will call at Intermedia Arts on each performance evening. If tickets are not claimed 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of the performance, the unclaimed tickets may be released to a waiting list.


Dora Arreola (DIRECTOR) has more than twenty years of professional experience as a theater and dance artist. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Theater at the University of South Florida, School of Theater & Dance. She holds a MFA in Directing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 1999, Dora founded the experimental dance-theatre company Mujeres en Ritual, and has worked as a performer, teacher, director and movement specialist in Mexico, the United States, Nicaragua, Canada, Poland and India. With her company, she created a repertory of seven full-length productions, featured in diverse international festivals. Fronteras Desviadas/Deviant Borders toured in Mexico, in the U.S. at New WORLD Theater and Alternate ROOTS (2005), in Nicaragua at the 2006 Festival Internacional de Teatro, and in Montreal, Canada at Concordia University’s 2007 Symposium on Interdisciplinary. Arreola premiered her latest solo work, I, Rumores Silencio, at the 2009 Meetings with Remarkable Women Festival in Brzezinka, Poland. Also in 2009, she choreographed and performed Versalii Icones at Judson Church in NYC. In addition, Arreola has directed more than 30 productions, including Cherrie Moraga’s The Hungry Woman and Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid at UMass-Amherst, and Ananya Dance Theater’s Daak at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis (2008).

Andrea Assaf (CO-WRITER/PERFORMER) is a writer, performer, director and cultural organizer. Her performance work ranges from poetry and spoken word, to interdisciplinary theater, to community-based arts. Founder and Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc., she was Artist-in-Residence at Pangea World Theater for the 2010-11 season, through a Princess Grace Award-Theater Fellowship. Andrea has a Masters degree in Performance Studies and a BFA in Acting from NYU. She’s the former Artistic Director of New WORLD Theater (2004-09), and Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04). She has taught acting technique, voice and creative movement in New York, Boston, the Washington D.C. area, and Florida. Andrea has created and directed original works at NWT, the NY International Fringe Festival, the National Asian American Theater Festival, and more. She has toured internationally to Mexico, Poland, Nicaragua and Canada with Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro. She’s also a recipient of a 2010 Creation Fund commission through the National Performance Network (NPN);  a 2007 Hedgebrook residency for “women authoring change;” and a 2004 Cultural Contact grant as an artist-in-residence with Mujeres en Ritual, in Mexico. She’s a member of Alternate ROOTS, RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers), and serves on the Board of CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists).

Samuel Valdez (CO-WRITER/PERFORMER) graduated from San Diego State University in 1991 with a B.A. degree in theater arts, emphasis in directing. He has directed a large number of Latino plays such as Roosters by Milcha Sanchez Scott, The Conduct of Life by Maria Irene Fornes, and The Guitarron. He has directed and produced several of his individual works to include Soy Yo/It’s Me, P13-Vive, and Ambos/Both (co-directed with Dora Arreola). He currently serves on the board of Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego, and is the recipient of a 2011 NALAC grant (National Association of Latino Arts & Culture). His community involvement has been one of great effort and has helped him to create and direct his works. He is full of energy and ready to take the bull by the horns, to tackle theater creation once more.  Samuel greatly enjoys his work as a playwright, director and performer because, as he puts it, “Theater is my life!”


Pangea World Theater
begins from the fundamental paradigm of diversity in the world. Our work expresses this reality and our organization advances this possibility consciously. Since its inception in 1995, Pangea’s goals have included creating a new literature with stories from different communities for theater, changing our methods of auditioning in order to include artists from diverse communities who are not trained in the traditional western methods of the audition process, and creating new possibilities and new aesthetic realities for a more diverse audience. As the community of the Twin Cities has become increasingly diverse with the influx of new immigrants, Pangea has actively sought individuals from these communities to be part of our artistic and advisory team.


Based in the heart of West St. Paul’s Latino community, Teatro del Pueblo promotes Latino culture through the creation and presentation of performing arts. Teatro develops and supports Latino artists, provides educational opportunities for all to experience Latino culture and promotes cross-cultural dialogue. Fostered by the Latino community in West St. Paul, it has grown since its inception in 1992 to serve the metro area and greater Minnesota.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Outside the Circle is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Pangea World Theater in partnership with El Centro Su Teatro, The Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, and NPN. For more information visit www.npnweb.org