“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
Fri, Nov 10 8:00 pm
American Sign Language
Sat, Nov 11 8:00 pm
Sun, Nov 12 2:00 pm
FOLLOW CHRIS’S STORY WITH YOUR OWN
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 www.dnaworks.org
Writer & Actor
Developer & Director
Alexandra Kelly Colburn
(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.
Photo Credit: Christopher Rivas Jumping Credit: Daniel Banks
Photo Credit: Christopher Rivas leaning Credit: Laura Bustillos Jaquez
Photo Credit: Christopher Rivas hands in air Credit: Andres Tagliaferro
Photo Credit: Christopher Rivas holding photo Credit: Laura Bustillos Jaquez
Photo Credit: Christopher Rivas sitting Credit: Driscoll Otto
Photo Credit: Christopher Rivas sitting Credit: Daniel Banks