Tulsa, Oklahoma (PressExposure) May 07, 2008 -- Vicarious Productions is proud to announce the Tulsa premiere of âICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 3,â a solo musical comedy performance written and performed by nationally-acclaimed solo theatre artist Jade Esteban Estrada (2005 Performance Artist of the Year) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008. The performance will be held at the Nightingale Theatre located at 1416 East 4th Street in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for ages 13 and up. Show duration is 65 minutes with no intermission. The celebrated actor will sign autographs immediately after the show. Tickets are $10. For reservations and information call 918-633-8666, e-mail email@example.com or log onto http://www.getjaded.com.
What do biblical Naomi, King James, Miss Bessie, Greg and Mary all have in common? Theyâre all coming to Tulsa â at the same time!
Religion. Revision. Music. Sports. Privilege. ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 3 debuted in September 2006 at the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival in Columbus, Ohio and won the awards for Best Solo Performance and Best Original Music. In the last segment of the trilogy, Estrada takes 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.
Estrada performed his solo show âICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 2â in November 2007, âTortilla Heavenâ in September 2007 and May 2005, and âICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1â in January 2005. He was also honorable grand marshal for Tulsa Pride 2002. This is the comedianâs fifth engagement at the Nightingale Theatre.
Estrada is the host of the 19th South Florida Annual GLAAD Media Awards which will air on Bravo TV later this season.
He has appeared on such television shows as â30 Rock,â âFriday Night Lightsâ (NBC), âThe Graham Norton Effectâ (Comedy Central) and his Latin dance music can be heard on the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning police drama âThe Shieldâ (FX).
âJade Esteban Estrada told the truth about homosexuals in history last night with a voice fit for Broadway,â raves Dana Freeman of the Bowling Green News.
Out Magazine christened him âthe first gay Latin star.â The Oklahoma Gazette calls him âa prominent and controversial gay Latin performer.â
"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.
"'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 irreverentâ¦a feel-good session for gay people."
âICONS 3 is fantastic,â said Eric Crumrine, president of the LGBT student group VISION at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. âIt was a great opportunity for us to have Mr. Estrada complete his ICONS trilogy with us.â
"Most performers would be happy to have a fraction of Jade Esteban Estrada's career," states Marty Rosen of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Roy Proctor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch calls him "a master entertainer." Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine calls him âone of the finest solo theatre artists of the 21st century.â Hector Saldana of the San Antonio Express-News calls him âa star attraction.â
Estrada debuted his first solo show âItâs Too Lateâ¦Itâs Already In Meâ¦â at the Festival de Libre Enganche in 1997 and over a decade later has been compared to Ruth Draper, Lily Tomlin and other luminaries in the field of solo theatre.
The prolific actor appears this month in the feature film âCrosshairsâ directed by Brett Mauser and recently released his designer humor line of bilingual greeting cards, âJade Esteban Estrada for Nos Vemos Greetings.â
Formally the choreographer to television personality Charo and a scratch vocalist for the Back Street Boys, 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.