¡Azúcar!

Let me share the story of our journey and the hopes we hold for this event. Back in September 2017, when I still went by the name Perlita Picante, my close friend and hermano, Professir Rolan Thunder, and I found ourselves in the very early stages of discussing the idea of bringing an all-Latine showcase to Olympia. Surprisingly, it turned out that we both had a similar vision around the same time!

As a solo artist, I had already committed myself to bringing a piece of my cultura to the stage, a goal I had been working towards even before our initial conversation. Though I couldn’t fully articulate it at the time, I knew that representation mattered to me.

Interestingly, “Azúcar” wasn’t the initial name that came to mind for the show, but it was the word that resonated most powerfully. I even had preliminary poster art created with the first name (maybe I’ll share it one day). One afternoon, while watching the “Celia” series on Netflix, I had that aha! moment: that was it. In honor of Celia Cruz, a Cuban AfroLatina and one of Latin America’s greatest music icons, Azúcar was born. Celia, ahead of her time, fought passionately for her beliefs, united millions of Latinos and the world with her voice, and loved her Tierra until her last breath. Azúcar made its Olympia debut on 9/8/2023 at the historic Capitol Theater, and I can’t express all of this without tears welling up in my eyes.

Latine identities are intricate and multifaceted. Consequently, I am committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Latine performing community. I welcome all artists of Latine heritage, embracing individuals regardless of race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, age, shape, and size. As an Ecuadorian immigrant, an 18-year resident of Olympia, and a participant in the local performing arts scene, it is crucial for me to create spaces where my Latine community is not only seen but celebrated.

I believe in my community and I believe in the power of the stories told by Latine artists through their art. I hope you consider becoming part of the success of this one-of-a-kind show!

The cast of Azúcar September. Top row: Chesty LaRue, Dulce, Vanessa the Witch. Middle row: Latina K Turner D’Ho, VenDetta Petty Kash D’Ho. Bottom Row: Vida Catastrophe, Papaya Magic Cabaret, Lana Montreese.