“Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo,” written by playwright Charles Rice- González (also acclaimed for his debut novel “Chulito”), has long been a holiday tradition at BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, but this December marks the third year that the award-winning director of Off-Broadway hits “La Lupe: My Life and My Destiny” and “DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story,” Luis Caballero, has assumed directing duties.
The play, an interweaving of “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol,” is a queer Latino story about a gay couple taking a psychedelic trip through their lives, Scrooge-style, on Christmas Eve. Carlos and Gabriel, together for 15 years, argue enough that their travails have reached the queer heavens, from which comes a diva spirit who guides their journey from their first meeting at the 1987 Palladium White Party to a catastrophic trip to City Center to see “The Nutcracker” to a dinner party with Martha Stewart fanatics.
The cast includes Barbra Herr, Justin Crowley, Jonathan Cruz, Arnold Godoy, Adriel Muñoz, and Jomil Luna.
Performances at BAAD!, 2474 Westchester Avenue (#6 train to Westchester Square), are December 1-2, 7-9, and 15-16 at 8 p.m. and December 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 at BAADBronx.org or 718-918-2110.