ASHLEY STEEDstage raw and la bitter lemonscertified reviewerJune 19, 2017
Inspired by the tragic shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Katherine Cortez crafts a delicate and heart-wrenching story about identity, love and, yes, hate. The characters move seamlessly between flashbacks and the present under Elina de Santos’s sharp and fluid direction. We follow Rafi (Dylan Arnold), a young man coming to terms with his sexuality. Having been raised by ultra-conservative Christian parents, he was taught to believe homosexuality is a sin. Now, he’s fallen in love with Enrique (Ethan Rains) who has brought him to the nightclub he works at to meet his “family”. As the horrifying shooting took place, Rafi and Enrique are in opposite parts of the club.
We sit with Rafi at the police station as he nervously checks h...