Written by Alejandro Gómez
Directed by Germán Jaramillo
Starring Nelson Celis
Alexandra, a trans immigrant working as a prostitute in Queens, tells us, in a darkly humorous piece, her deepest secrets: her sexual initation, the discovery of love, exile, separation, the border crossing, New York, Queens, her return to prostitution… purgatory.
El cielo y el dolor (Paradise and Pain) is a love story, beautiful and piercing like love itself. It’s a story of survival, sacrifice, of a loneliness so deep that it forces us to escape our cages only to find ourselves entrapped in other even bigger cages, as we try to live, to finally find happiness, and to touch, even if only for a moment, paradise.
Winner of a 2018 HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors) award, in the category “Outstanding Performance in a a show for One Actor.”