Dream Up Festival

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- World Premiere


Written by Christian Ávila
Directed by Christian Ávila and Melissa Flower

Masseur by Christian Ávila examines the power dynamics between gender, race, and class when the MeToo movement uncovers wounds of a Latinx massage therapist in New York City.


Cabaret Theater

Thursday - September 6 - 9pm
Friday - September 7 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 8 - 2pm
Thursday - September 13 - 6:30pm
Friday - September 14 - 9pm

Running time: Masseur is 60-75 Minutes $18.

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Christian Ávila is a theater artist and activist based in New York City. He holds an M.A. in theater from LIU Post. His undergraduate studies were at UC Berkeley (B.A. in Dramatic Art), and has studied under the tutelage of Anne Bogart and SITI Company. Christian collaborated with Back to Work Collective on Feminist Flashmob performed at The Women’s March on Washington D.C. in 2017. He also wrote, directed, and produced Daddy’s Boy at Theater for the New City in 2015. Other credits include: Big Love (A.D. to Jason Jacobs at PTC) Alice (Collaborator/Director) at PTC, Falling in Line (A.D) at PTC, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land (Playwright/Director) at TDPS, Berkeley. On stage in 20 Questions (Chris) by Joseph Brouilliette at TDPS, Last Unicorn (Rukh) at TDPS, and on screen as Host and Co-Creator of Club TV in San Francisco. Mr. Ávila has worked as a community organizer in San Francisco, Guatemala, and Miami and is currently a member of the Mankind Project USA. Christian is also a certified yoga instructor at Integral Yoga Institute and a licensed massage therapist.

Melissa Flower is a freelance director, collaborator, movement artist and dramaturg. She is currently creating a two year project in collaboration with documentarian artist Naty Technicolor and playwright Sylvia Bofill called Dispensado- an activist performance about land/feminism/ownership in Puerto Rico. As a dramaturg, she works at Wordsmyth Theatre Company and has served as the Literary Assistant at the Alley Theatre. Her directing credits include: Cassandra at Mildred’s Umbrella, Big Love at Theatre B in Fargo, Roadside, Milo and Barbara, Caleb, and Vigils. Her performance/devising credits include Here Now at the Martha Graham Studios in New York, Things Missing/Missed and Hypocrite at Obsidian Theatre. She has also served as assistant director at Classical Theatre Company for A Doll’s House, Ghost Sonata and Mrs. Warren’s Profession as well as The Vibrator Play at Stages Repertory Theatre, and Hot L Baltimore at UH. Her performance art credits include: Pangea, John Cages’s Lunch and Dinner, Black Hole, and My Blog with Some Google Searches. Melissa has trained in Suzuki and Viewpoints for 10 years and completed the SITI Conservatory in 2015. She has traveled to Toga, Japan to train with Tadashi Suzuki and the SCOT Company and studied with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA. She holds a Masters in Dramaturgy from the University of Houston and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Baylor University.


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