Slips, Trips and Falls – Personal Essays and Poetry of a Latino in NYC by ANDRES “CHULISI” RODRIGUEZ
is a poetry, prose and storytelling book for the reader who appreciates a fascinating story of truth, tribulation, and triumph. “Slips, Trips and Falls” is a written portrait of a poet’s soul. Chulisi’s story takes you on a journey of his feelings, emotions, truths and views of love and his life as a Latino in New York. When reading about his life, the reader who can connect to and appreciate the emotions of others, will not only find it difficult to put this book down until the last page, but will celebrate the writer for his ability to share his truth with the world.
Latino Writer. Author. Poet. Actor. Playwright. Performance-Coach. Theater/Stage-Director. What hasn’t Andres “Chulisi” Rodriguez done for The Arts?
As a writer, his writing sends a message of: encouragement – being comfortable feeling your emotions – being who you are – being okay with who you are; his writing inspires the reader to be okay being different and doing differently — no matter your sexuality, and even if you are gay.
In “Slips, Trips and Falls – Personal Essays and Poetry of a Latino in NYC” you will witness all of the above mentioned attributes of his writing, as well as: awareness, connection, hope, love, support, and the understanding that every man — gay or straight — strives to have on a day-to-day. Get connected to your HUMAN side!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ANDRES “CHULISI” RODRIGUEZ is a native New Yorker. He was born and raised in Brooklyn. In his teens he joined local talent contests where he sang and danced. He choreographed for a few freestyle singers and went on to record his own dance music single on “Strictly Rhythm.” He attended Julia Richman High School, and enrolled in the Talented Unlimited program taking musical theater. It was there he learned about voice and acting. During his high school years he danced backup for many freestyle singers of the time. It wasn’t long after that, that he took to the stage. He has done “Off To See The Mayor,” “Life As A Drag,” and “Bangee,” just to name a few of the many shows he has performed in. The roles he played were various characters from a drag queen to a comic.
“Chulisi” toured his critically acclaimed one-man show called “Making Of A Wo-man.” He took a break for a year and started writing poetry. He decided to put his writing to the test by creating, producing and directing a group of actors. That is how the Lose Control comedy troupe was created. (All videos can be seen on YouTube under losecontroltv) They had a 5-year contract at the Broadway Comedy Club. In-between all that he does, he also works with many actors on technique, Improv work and character development.
Andres “Chulisi” Rodriguez’s poetry can be found in Mariposas – a collection of latino poets by Floricanto press. In 2012 he received an HOLA award for Best Male Solo Performance and nominated for an Audelco award for playing the role of two brothers in “Growing Up Gonzalez.”
In September 2015, he delivered his one-man, monologue play — full of characters, spoken word, poetry, and a lot of laughs, “I’m Just Sayin’!” (in collaboration with the release of “Slips, Trips and Falls”) — as part of NY UNITED – presented by The Full Circle Ensemble NYC & Tantalizing Productions, Inc/Tantalizing Boutique, at the National Black Theatre.
FYI: Chulisi will be back at the theater April 30-May 1, 2016 for The ONE Festival showcasing his one-man show, “I’m Just Sayin’!” at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Get your tickets, TODAY! (click link)
And since the start of Cycle 3, he has been a member of The Full Circle Ensemble NYC and theatrical-director of both of The Full Circle Ensemble’s productions, “From The Page To The Stage” and “Misconceptions.” Both of which were performed at the legendary National Black Theatre. With his theater-performance direction, he took a group of talented, powerful and audaciously-creative Poets and spun out an all-out heart-pounding, theatrical, poetry show with spellbinding precision.
He, along with members of The Full Circle Ensemble NYC are currently working on their 3rd production, “Misconceptions TOO,” coming to The National Black Theatre March 2016. In November 2016 and February 2017 he directed Sydney Valerio’s one-woman show MATTERS.
FYI: In March through April of 2017 Chulisi will be starring in Felix Rojas’ one-man play “Growing Up Gonzales” at The Medicine Show Theater in NYC.