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Analisa Raya-Flores Named Fall 2019 Writer-In-Residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House
November 18, 2019
Santa Monica Cultural Affairs announces writer Analisa Raya-Flores, whose work explores what it means to be defined by ethnicity and class, is in residence until December 17 at the Annenberg Community Beach House.
As a queer Latinx artist, as well as the daughter of a migrant worker, turned judge and an English teacher turned lawyer, Flores is inspired to create work about invisibility, identity politics and perhaps most significantly, the representation of minorities in modern mythology (films, tv shows, and even campfire songs).
Flores' Beach House project is a solo performance entitled The Legend of Graham Canyon, inspired by historical accounts of One-Eyed Charlie Parkhurst (who dressed and lived as a male stage coach driver in the 1800s) and the "male-impersonators" of Victorian-era music halls. Her aim is to illuminate the everyday traumas, stresses, and neuroses of Otherness, and to make them accessible and relatable to a diverse audience. She will be posting weekly updates about her progress at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
To learn more about this program, how to RSVP to performances and workshops as well as weekly updates on Analisa's progress, please visit: santamonica.gov/beachculture.
Artist residencies are presented as part of the Beach=Culture series by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs.