Rafael Casal is a writer, performer and producer from the Bay Area, CA. Rafael got his start performing on three seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry, and as a creator online with over two million YouTube views and one million facebook hits for his music, poetic shorts and political satire. His social commentary in verse has brought him around the world both in the realm of activism (Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.) and arts performance at countless colleges and venues (Lincoln Center, San Francisco Opera House, NYU, etc.) His 3 musical releases (AGAYW LP, Monster LP, Mean Ones LP) have led to his music being placed on shows with MTV and Showtime, and features at SXSW.
Rafael served as Creative Director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison First Wave Undergraduate arts program from 2008 to 2010, and directed nearly 24 stage productions while curator for the LINE BREAKS Theater Festival. In 2009, the First Wave program received the Governor’s Arts Award for arts programming. His most recent theater work, THE LIMP, was originally developed in residency at UW-Madison and was presented as a solo production at IATI Theater in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Now, with collaborator Daveed Diggs (Broadway’s Hamilton), THE LIMP is being developed as an ensemble musical.
– SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
– YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, SF
Rafael Casal’s THE LIMP is a contemporary examination of the relationship between love and male identity, told by three components of the psyche in conversation with each other and themselves. Set in a 20-something’s living room minutes before a date arrives, a conversation between three roommates snowballs into a hilarious, philosophical and violent portrayal of how men of the Millennial generation experience the big L word and all that surrounds it.
FOR THE UPCOMING BLACK+MUSHROOM PROJECT