October 7 – 23

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


Creative Team

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