meet the cast & crew of firsts!

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The Starfruit Project’s first production debuts in two weeks in Philadelphia! firsts is an original show about milestones created by queer people of color. Tickets are on sale now, and you can also donate to support the show!

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Alicia Serna Frausto (Cast) is a first-generation Mexican-American queer woman from California who enjoys writing poetry, swimming in the ocean, playing with dogs, and reading travel blogs. On the weekends you can catch her at a protest or her favorite vegan restaurants. Until this project, Alicia has always been cast as an “ugly” character. They are excited to create this masterpiece and be a part of this talented, amazing group!

“I think the most exciting thing about our piece is that we get to create it for ourselves. We get to write and heal and create something that we then get to share with the world. There are not many spaces where you get to do that. As a qwoc, I feel very seen and supported by my castmates.”

Keep up with Alicia on Instagram @alicia__af, Twitter @alicia_frausto, and Venmo @alicia-frausto.

Ashley Davis (Cast) is California born and raised, New York educated, Boston bred, Philly based black, queer, womxn, poet, performance artist. Ashley was part of the VONA 2017 cohort facilitated by Patricia Smith, was a part of the 2016 Finalist team "House Slam" at the National Poetry Slam, and was a finalist for the 2016 National Underground Individual Poetry Competition.

“What excites me about this piece is I get to center myself by collectively centering folks in my community. By centering myself I get an opportunity to center my healing. This piece is a reflection of art as healing.”

Follow Ashley on Instagram @ashleydavis_art and Twitter @ashleydavisart.

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Briyana D. Clarel (Director) is a young, gifted, and Black queer writer, performer, and educator. Briyana is the founder of The Starfruit Project, an initiative bringing creativity for radical healing and brilliant growth to communities of color. They are passionate about musical theatre, mangoes, and memoirs.

“Writing and performance have been powerful tools for my own healing, and I wanted to create a space where other queer people of color felt comfortable exploring, building, and creating. I’ve been performing most of my life, and most mainstream theatre spaces are just not for us. I’m excited to curate a space that truly is.”

Follow Briyana on Instagram and Twitter @briyanaclarel. Learn more at briyanaclarel.com.

Brooke Lynn (Cast)…...Earthling. Love child of the Earth and Sun, she finds herself connected to the land we inhabit more than anything else. While mindfully focusing on her healing, she accepts that collective healing is the next step. In alignment with what she holds true, she navigates life aspiring to liberation.

“I have the opportunity to express myself. In a public space, in vulnerability, while doubtful. Normally, it would prevent me from expressing myself to the Gen Pop, but breaking through is really important to me now.”

Follow Brooke Lynn on Instagram @swoonandgoon.

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Nolwazi Monique LaRue (Cast) is an artist who obsessively examines all aspects of self. Song, poetry, laughter, and rage come together with often unpredictable results. Once they gave themselves permission to create badly, life got easier and more fun.

“I am excited to explore all different aspects of milestones.  That once you do or experience something the first time, you are never the same person. I have never done a piece like this before and with only other QTPOC. I won't be the same afterwards. I've already grown.”

Follow Nolwazi Monique on Instagram @momomophoto and Facebook.

Queen Maya the Goddess of Light (Cast) also known as Sinnia Brown speaks truth and spits fire. Hailing from ill-adel to wherever the world needs her to inspire. She is a songstress, storytella, actor, writer, dancer, visual artist and educator. She is melaninated glory. She is Gold.

“It's the first anything that I've been in with all LGBTQ identifying POC! I never knew I needed it until it became a reality.“

Follow Queen Maya on Instagram @mi.o.mona.selah.

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Sabrina Pantal (Cast) is an eclectic spirit who has always channeled her energy in many unique and challenging ways. Her creativity endlessly flows through her music, painting, photography, and any other projects that she puts her mind and soul to. She is excited to be opening up and creating such an intimate piece with the powerful individuals in this one-of-a-kind production.

“I am excited to be creating a space of healing and introspection with people whose stories are often overlooked and misconstrued. We have a chance to tell it our way.”

Keep up with Sabrina on Instagram @soundsfromsabrina and soundcloud.com/soundsfromsabrina.

Selena (Cast) recently returned to Philadelphia in 2017 with hopes of creating community, understanding herself, and becoming stronger. She is a newcomer to the stage, mostly experiencing theater from the audience and in the orchestra pit. Her fear right now is forgetting lines and her dream is to continue growing and healing. She’s trying her best and living her best life.

“The idea of collective healing and sharing emotions with each other/the audience [excites me]. I love feeling other people's feelings and I'm inspired by those who are able to put words to their experiences.”

Follow Selena on Instagram @sullichild.

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You can Meet the Star(fruit)s after the 2:00pm performance on Saturday, December 15th.