This boy is just so strange, an original musical by Tommi Avicolli Mecca and featuring Joel Mark on acoustic bass and Diana Hartman on vocals and as various characters. Explores the life of a gay activist through snapshots of his life. From his childhood in a poor neighborhood in South Philly to a sudden move to SF in the 90s, this is a different type of musical. And it's FREE.
THIS BOY IS JUST SO STRANGE
a free concert of original songs & monologues
featuring Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Joel Mark and Diana Hartman
Saturday Feb. 1 at 8pm and Sunday Feb. 2 at 3pm
Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia/16th
"This boy is just so strange" is something a fifth-grade nun said to singer/songwriter Tommi Avicolli Mecca because he draped his sweater over his shoulder "like a girl" (gender non-conformity was not something the brides of Jesus understood). It's also the name of his latest work, a series of musical snap shots that could be subtitled "how I survived the gender binary system."
From a working-class Italian neighborhood in South Philly and the wild and wonderful gay liberation movement of the early 70s to a sudden and impetuous move to San Francisco in the 90s, this musical winds around a lifetime and comes out somewhere in the social construct called the present.
One could say that southern Italians (both sides of Avicolli Mecca's famiglia are from il mezzogiorno) are born with an opera libretto, not a silver spoon. Witness his rendition of "Un bel di" in his monologue about coming out to la mia famiglia. Puccini would have had a field day with this guy's life.
Featuring Joel Mark on acoustic bass and Diana Hartman on vocals and as various characters in the journey, the show is funded by a grant from Faetopia. It's FREE, but donations gladly accepted and shared among the performers.
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