Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Latina Rising: Writer-Director-Star Odalys Nanin Gets Fresh with the Ladies Again in Her New Play

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Latina Rising: Writer-Director-Star Odalys Nanin Gets Fresh with the Ladies Again in Her New Play

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"I'd play a prostitute or a maid. If [a Latina role] had any sort of good qualities to her, [she] would have a thick accent." So says Odalys Nanin, echoing the familiar lament of Latina actors in Los Angeles. "So I was getting a little frustrated."

That frustration led Nanin to write. Her first play, Love Struck, written with Marie Barrientos, is a passionate love story between two Latinas. The play "was a big hit. It was packed every night. And through that play I came out."

With the success of Love Struck and her newfound openness regarding her sexuality, Nanin continued to write and eventually founded Macha Theatre. "I formed my theater company because I wanted the stories I had to tell to be realistic, universal love stories," she says, "that can be about two women, two men, or a man and a woman. That became my drive."

In her new comedy, Beyond Love (at the Globe Playhouse in West Hollywood, Calif. …

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