Trafficking In Broken Hearts, which played 29 performances at Off Broadway's Atlantic Theatre Company in late 1994, will have its West Coast premiere at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre, Jan. 8-March 15.
The play, which officially opens Jan. 16, is an explicit, erotic drama about a hustler, a runaway teen and a lawyer. Both the hustler and lawyer are coming to terms with their suppressed homosexuality. When the hustler is forced to choose between loving the attorney or the runaway, he chooses one and discovers "the one that got away always haunts you."
Phillip A. Barragan plays the hustler, Papo; Aaron Brace is the lawyer, Brian; Gavin Haag plays the runaway, Bobby. Arthur Catricali directs the show, which is designed by Rob Vogt. The show is part of NCTC's second Pride Season, titled "Moving Forward With Pride."
Sanchez's work has received productions at Hartford Stage, Latino Chicago, Northlight Theatre and Victory Gardens. This year's Humana Festival at Louisville will offer Sanchez's Icarus, in which a woman, her brother and an eccentric "dream-catcher" at an empty beachhouse meet a masked stranger who shows them what they'll give and give up for love. Sanchez's other plays include Fatty Tissue, Clean, and Unmerciful Good Fortune.
For tickets ($16-$20) and information on Trafficking In Broken Hearts at NCTC on Van Ness Ave., call (415) 861-8972. --By David Lefkowitz