I’m not saying that I have it down completely, but I’m trying. Lord knows that the little things, like eating healthy (not expensively) is like saying “fuck you” to the homophobes. ---D'Lo.
if you know about any combo of the following: theater, queerness, comedy, and desi identity, then you probably know the dynamic and hilarious work of D'Lo. his work has internationally rocked audiences with chuckles, critical thought, and cunning. i'm sure this is the way of many communities and subcultures--- athletes, professional gamers, construction workers, stamp collectors (none of which i currently belong); participants invested in their thriving communities know who the innovators are. well, in my multiple communities, D'Lo is one of the innovators. as someone kindred to the spoken word and theater movement of the APIA old skool wave, i'm pleased to see D'Lo blasting stages and serving punchlines. i caught the bay area version of D'FunQT earlier this spring and hope y'all in the east coast get to watch his play served NYC style. expect some gut-thrusting laughter and also, some choice tender moments during this production's upcoming run. to tide you over, here's some of D'Lo's very own summer time reflections a la food. he mentions popsicles, brooklyn donuts, and some very necessary NYC standards to check out. ------#RFP
name/preferred name: D’Lo
preferred gender pronoun(s): He/Him
however you identify: Queer/Trans
describe yourself in five words: Queer Tamil Sri-Lankan American Artist
1) any orgs/events you wanna give shout out to?
QWave, Salga, Astraea, Queers for Economic Justice, Audre Lorde Project, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Brooklyn Boihood, Brown Boi Project and the list goes even longer!
2) any foods you have a crush on right now?
Digging on Cheap Dumplings from Prosperity Dumplings on Eldridge in China Town, Passion Fruit Donuts from Brooklyn’s Dough Donut Place (not as amazing as the ones at Dynamo Donuts in SF, but the next best thing for sure), Kati Roll’s Shrimp Rolls (the one near 34th street, not the one near NYU), HomeMade Salads with Crushed Red Hot n Blue Chips on top, and my morning Stonyfield yogurt that I swallow my vitamins with.
3) favorite summer grubbin' & chillin’ music?
I can say that I am ;ooking forward to hearing the mix of soca, Selena and Baila(Lankan) music I have at pre-show every night my show D’FunQT (defunct) goes up at Dixon Place this July. The sound in the theater is incredible.
4) please name some of your favorite summer foods?
I don’t know if these are foods – but since it’s so damn hot already in NYC, I’d like to pay my due respect to my summer survival digestables: Natural Popsicles, and the not so natural. Cold Teas and Coffee and any one of my drink specials “Thursht Quenchers” which are like my personal take on mojitos and margaritas and rum punches.
5) are there connections to food and your art/work/activities/politics?
In the show that I’m doing, I talk about queer people’s health, both physical and mental. I think that it’s sexy when you know how to take care of your body. It’s even sexier when you know how to take care of someone else’s body – whether by food, or by listening, or by massage or through sex. Looking back at my 20’s, I learned that I had such a hard time even waking up to do the day, so much so, that I wasn’t proactively thinking about the next step – which was food and health. I’m not saying that I have it down completely, but I’m trying. Lord knows that the little things, like eating healthy (not expensively) is like saying “fuck you” to the homophobes. I don’t know if I’ll die by the hands of homophobia/transphobia, but I will do everything I can do while I’m alive to make sure my body is strong, my mind is strong and that my spirit is strong – only to prove to myself from the inside out, that I do indeed belong and my voice is important until all people feel they belong.
for more on D'Lo's work, please check out his show D'FunQT now showing for the next three weekends! thanks D'Lo for being all about the interview during your busy summer time. to note: i too love yogurt, but for a pill/vitamin swallowing aid, i'm more of a chocolate pudding guy myself. what? since we're all disclosing, why not share? whatever. you try it and tell me if it doesn't work for you.