Vancouver Welcomes 'Man Of Many Faces'
Multiple award-winner Jade Esteban Estrada has made a name for himself as "a man of many faces". He brings his ?legendary? solo musical comedy "ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1" to Vancouver May 20. Photo by PETER DIANTONI.
Beauty. Art. Flamboyance. Love. Struggle. Fame. The man The Advocate and Out Magazine call "the first gay Latin star" celebrated the world premiere of ICONS at the 2002 Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival in Columbus Ohio. In the show, Estrada portrays Sappho, Michelangelo, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Rivera and Ellen DeGeneres.
"'ICONS' is part history lesson, part musical, part politics and ALL entertainment," states Jennifer Chung of the San Diego Daily Transcript. Tom Sime of the Dallas Morning News calls it, "funny and irreverent…a feel-good session for gay people." Lisa Gauthier of Nuvo in Indianapolis stated, "I'm not gay...but I loved these shows."
ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 2 debuted at the CNGLTF in 2004 winning the Audience Favorite Award in Solo Performance. In the sequel Estrada portrays Alexander the Great, Queen Christina of Sweden, Susan B. Anthony, Billie Jean King, Harvey Milk and 9/11 hero Mark Bingham.
ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 3 debuted at the CNGLTF in 2006 and won the Best Solo Performance and Best Original Music awards. In the last segment of the trilogy, Estrada took on the roles of biblical Naomi, King James, Bessie Smith, Greg Louganis and Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney.
"Jade Esteban Estrada is a brilliant young writer and performer. It was an honor to experience the ministry of this modern pioneer of the gay movement, "states Rev. Troy Perry, Founder of the Worldwide Metropolitan Community Church.
"I've seen Jade Esteban on stage four times before, but when I saw him portraying Mary Cheney, I realized he wasn't only celebrating gay icons. He was using irony to tell us that not all of our gay icons are people that we love or respect. It was incredibly clever," stated Thaddius Novack, Creative Director of Jersey City Lesbian and Gay Outreach.
"What he is doing is important for our LGBTQ youth to experience. I was certainly educated tonight," stated Doreen DeJesus, Communications Director for Brooklyn Pride.
“Jade Esteban Estrada is not an icon by accident,” warns Nicholas Snow of Notes from Hollywood.
Formally the choreographer to television personality Charo and a scratch vocalist for the Back Street Boys, Estrada came to international attention when Out Magazine christened him, "the first gay Latin star" in 2000. Estrada released his debut CD "Angel" (Vicarious) in 2001 and in 2002 took part in the "Being Out Rocks" (Centaur) CD compilation in honor of National Coming Out Day for the Human Rights Campaign.
In October 2006, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher paid tribute to Estrada by commissioning him the title of "Kentucky Colonel," the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky that acknowledges outstanding ambassadors of goodwill and fellowship around the world. The Texas native joined other honorary colonels which include Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, Joan Crawford, Johnny Depp, Muhammad Ali and Pope John Paul II.
Estrada's television credits include appearances on the Emmy-nominated "In the Life TV" on PBS, "Friday Night Lights" on NBC and "The Graham Norton Effect" on Comedy Central. His popular Latin dance music can be heard on the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning police drama, "The Shield" on the FX Network.
"Most performers would be happy to have a fraction of Jade Esteban Estrada's career," states Marty Rosen of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Hector Saldana of the San Antonio Express-News calls him "a show biz messiah." Roy Proctor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch calls him "a master entertainer."
Estrada has toured the U.S. with his five other solo shows which include "It's Too Late...It's Already In Me," "Tortilla Heaven," "Pico de Gallo" and "Gay Christian, Gay Muslim, Gay Jew."
Estrada will speak at the international "Behind the Rainbow" Queer Studies Easter Symposium in Mexico City in June 2008.
ICONS in Vancouver is proudly sponsored by MCC of the Gentle Shepherd, Abiding Grace Fellowship, Pride Foundation, The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Raintree Empire, Evergreen Eagles Lodge and members of the Vancouver community.
For further information or to request high resolution artwork or an interview, please contact Greta Golding at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 646-342-8647 or visit www.getjaded.com.
"Long before Estrada wraps himself with a rainbow-colored flag at the show's end, he's proven that he's a master entertainer with a message to convey."
"Without a doubt, the best entertainment dollars I spent this year went to ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1 with Jade Esteban Estrada."
TAMPA BAY GAZETTE
"Catch ICONS as soon as you can, or you will surely live to regret it."
"Estrada is a drama queen with a lesson plan."
KNOXVILLE METRO PULSE
"Estrada's bug-eyed portrayal of Gertrude Stein is brilliant."
May 18-19 - Yakima, WA
May 20 – Vancouver, WA
May 22 – Kennewick, WA
Jun 8 - San Antonio, TX
Jun 9 – Tallahassee, FL
Jun 14 - Wilmington, DE
Jun 16 – St. Petersburg, FL
Jun 17 – Palm Beach, FL
Jun 23 – Houston, TX
Aug 4 - Fire Island, NY
Aug 30-Sept 2 - New Orleans, LA
Sept 6 – Topeka, KS
Sept 18 - Chicago, IL
Sept 20 - Tulsa, OK
Oct 1 – San Antonio, TX
Oct 2 - Houston, TX
Oct 6 – Corpus Christi, TX
Oct 20 - Long Island, NY
Nov 1 - Prescott, AZ
Nov 12, 14 - San Antonio, TX
Vicarious Productions produces the shows of national touring artist Jade Esteban Estrada of Comedy Central.
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