“The Rita Hayworth of this Generation” is the story of a queer femme, Carmelita Cristina Rivera, who strives to be featured on the TV show "Stars that are Living!" Carmelita labors to win the heart of Jesus Antonio Atano, the Famous Transgender Latino Blackjack King of Vegas. A love triangle forms when Angel, her production manager and a Puerto Rican Butch, falls in-love with Carmelita. Las Vegas is a place of Magical Realism. A place in which steamy passion, heartache, gambling, and stardom collide in a queer film noir - where the living converge with "Stars that are Dead: in a Celebrity Purgatory and Carmelita receives guidance from the legend herself, Rita Hayworth
The Rita Hayworth of This Generation places queer people of color, Femme, Butch, and Transgender characters at the center of a turbulent drama. The piece features elements of film noir, slapstick comedy, and magical realism, while masterfully blending historical references to old Hollywood cinema. The audience is introduced to a fictionalized contemporary version of the legendary Spanish Hollywood movie star from the 1940's and 1950's, Rita Hayworth, born Margarita Carmen Cansino (1918-1987). We follow the protagonist, Carmelita, a queer Latina feminist on a journey of self-discovery; but before she can find answers inside herself, she faces heartbreak, shame, and failure.
written & performed by TINA D'ELIA
directed by MARY GUZMÁN
stage manager MEJA TYEHIMBA
movement consultant SEAN DORSEY
solo performance coach/consultant DAVID FORD
dramaturgy by ELLEN SEBASTIAN CHANG
music composers LAURA DEAN, ROB BROADHURST, & JOHN D'ELIA
lyricists JOHN D'ELIA & TINA D'ELIA
promoter SAMUEL BARBOZA GONZÁLEZ, JR.