Teatro Luna Latinas on a mission 

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  • Teatro Luna, featuring, from left, Deanalis Resto, Elizabeth Nungaray, Aysette Muñoz, Kristiana Rae Colón, Johannil Napoleon and Abigail Vega appear this week in the fifth FURY Factory festival in San Francisco.
Teatro Luna, an experimental, all-Latina theater company based in Chicago, is focused on social change.

“We are trying to change the narrative of the over-sexualized Latina, the gang-banging ‘chola,’ or the snobbish ‘fresa.’ The idea is that there is a full spectrum of Latinas, and that is what you are going to see within our organization,” says Alexandra Meda, executive director of the troupe, which appears in San Francisco this week.

The company’s production of “Generation Sex” onstage Friday through Sunday is one of nine main stage performances that make up the fifth FURY Factory festival of ensemble theater, which runs through July 20 in four venues in the Mission’s Project Artaud arts complex.

In their risk-taking plays that tour the nation, the women of Teatro Luna take on social-justice issues, such as Latino identity and gender roles, and despite their main focus, represent all women of color.

“We all look very differently, speak differently, we all have different political and educational beliefs, but we can come together and talk about things that are really important to us,” says Meda.

“Generation Sex,” a 60-minute show featuring four actors that has been in development for more than a year, includes stories about finding love and satisfaction in today’s digital world. Managing director (and ensemble member) Abigail Vega says the show was created in response to a 2006 play called “Sexo.”

The FURY Factory festival is presented by foolsFURY, a 16-year-old San Francisco company founded by co-director Ben Yalom, whose goal is to build a community for actors working in the disparate world of ensemble theater and encourage them to share ideas.

Yalom, noting that Teatro Luna is the first Chicago company to perform at FURY Factory (which includes contributions from 60 organizations) says, “One of the things that is really cool about what Luna is doing is that they’re building their material from actual conversation, interviews with people in their community, and then they are transforming it into something that is a piece of art.”

In addition to three world premieres among the main stage performances, FURY Factory’s “Raw Materials” programming includes 15 works in progress.


FURY Factory festival

Where: Z Space, 450 Florida St.; Z Below, 470 Florida St.; Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St.; NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.

When: Today through July 20

Tickets: $16 for one performance, $39 for three, $55 for five

Contact: (866) 811-4111, www.zspace.org

Note: Teatro Luna presents “Generation Sex” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at NOHspace.

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