Past Event

Nov 08—12, 2023

The Real James Bond... was Dominican


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“Pumped full of the most amazing stories.”

— The Column Online

The real inspiration for 007 is revealed in this funny, illuminating one-of-a-kind live show.

What happens when a James Bond-obsessed Dominican boy in Queens (who won’t go anywhere without his nerf gun), finds out that the real James Bond was Dominican? Learning that Bond creator Ian Fleming drew upon the life and career of Porfirio Rubirosa—a Dominican diplomat, international polo champion, race-car driver, pilot, and spy— as the inspiration for the classic 007 character shook performer Christopher Rivas’ very foundation and set him on a quest to find his true self.

Join Chris as he digs deeper into the world of Bond, its inspiration, and what it meant to him as an actor in Hollywood. Before Connery and Craig, there was Rubirosa. Developed with and Directed by Daniel Banks. Don’t miss the Boston premiere of The Real James Bond… Was Dominican.



Emerson Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111


Nov 08, 2023 - Nov 12, 2023

Single tickets are available now along with Group Sales and Season Packages.

Approximately 2 Hour Experience:
• 70 Minute Performance
• 45 post-show Story Circle

Ages 14+

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Open Captioning
Fri, Nov 10 8:00 pm

American Sign Language
Sat, Nov 11 8:00 pm

Audio Description
Sun, Nov 12 2:00 pm


wednesday, nov 8, 2023

7:30 PM

thursday, nov 9, 2023

7:30 PM

friday, nov 10, 2023

8:00 PM

saturday, nov 11, 2023

2:00 PM

saturday, nov 11, 2023

8:00 PM

sunday, nov 12, 2023

2:00 PM


After every performance of The Real James Bond… Was Dominican you are invited to participate in a story circle facilitated by Director Daniel Banks.

A story circle is a communal conversation with an audience about a piece of theater. It’s less about the performer/performance and more about the stories and memories that the show brings up from audience members’ own lives. What do you recognize in this piece of art?

Approximate Story Circle Length: 45 mins




DNAWORKS—is a Fort Worth, TX-based arts and service organization dedicated to dialogue and healing through the arts. Founded in 2006 by Daniel Banks and Adam W. McKinney, DNAWORKS centers Global Majority and LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ voices to create more complex representations of identity, culture, class, and heritage through dance, theatre, film, and writing.

DNAWORKS has led its award-winning programming and performances, promoting dialogue-based social justice action and community building, with arts, educational, and community organizations in thirty-eight states and seventeen countries. DNAWORKS believes that art = ritual = healing = community and that this philosophy and practice lead to a more peaceful world. For more information, please visit

Writer & Actor

Christopher Rivas

Developer & Director

Daniel Banks


Jonathan Gomez

Original Score

Wilson Torres

Projection Designer

Alexandra Kelly Colburn

Projection Designer

Kate Freer

Lighting Designer

Driscoll Otto

Christopher Rivas Headshot

Christopher Rivas

 (Writer/Performer/Creator) is an award-winning storyteller, actor, author, and podcaster. He currently co-stars in the second season of the Fox series, Call Me Kat opposite Mayim Bialik. Rivas is simultaneously authoring a book, Brown Enough, that Row House Publishing is slated to release September 2022, as well as two podcasts with SiriusXM’s Stitcher: the first, a limited series on the life of Porfirio Rubirosa and the second, a 40-episode talk-back by the same title of his book. Additional on-screen credits include roles in: NBC’s New Amsterdam; CBS’ 2 Broke Girls; ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy; and Fox’s Rosewood


“Fact, fiction, and forging an identity in ArtsEmerson’s ‘The Real James Bond … Was Dominican.’ [Rivas is] an engaging and expressive narrator and performer with a high-energy presence… I actually found myself wishing it were longer.”

— The Boston Globe

“This show is fantastic. Provocative, evocative and enlightening. If you are in Boston this week, it’s a must see.”

— Steffi W., audience member


— @trendsandtolstoy, audience member

“A fun and powerful show about identity, heritage, and truth that brings communities together under one theme – self-acceptance!”

— Mary-Margaret Dale, Culture Shock

“The show is pumped full of the most amazing stories, rich with intimate details of Rivas’ life…chalk full of humor and depth, [Rivas] keeps us engaged with thoughtful comments and asides about people and the relationships we all share in one form or another”


— The Column Online
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