A story of love, poetry, and new beginnings.
When teenager Angelo Mendez decides to leave his home out of fear of further disappointing his homophobic father, he encounters a world he was not prepared for at an LGBT homeless shelter in Los Angeles. There he meets a fellow homeless teen who gives him a voice and unexpectedly introduces him to love. Set in the worlds of the homeless shelter and the poetry lounge, SWIMMING WHILE DROWNING paints a world that is simultaneously sweet and funny, heartbreaking and real.
Finalist, Best Original Script, Drammy Award, 2017
Brodrick Ryans – Mila
Gabriel FitzPatrick – Angelo
Roy Arauz – Director
Ronquesha Ingram – Stage Manager
Burton Yuen – Scenic Designer
Sam Reid-McKee – Lighting Designer
Sandra Huezo-Menjivar – Sound Designer
Fawn Bartlett – Costume Designer
Antonieta Carpio Castillo – Props Designer