Rafael Casal is a writer, director, producer, champion slam poet and lyricist. He co-wrote and co-starred in The One Drop Rule, a hip hop theater piece directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph in collaboration with the San Francisco Jazz Ensemble and Jason Samuel Smith. Rafael served as Creative Director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison First Wave program from 2008 to 2010 and as Artist-in-Residence from 2010 to 2011. In 2009, the program received the Governor’s Arts Award for arts programming. He directed more than a dozen productions for First Wave artists which have been presented at the Hip Hop Theater Festival in New York; the Contacting the World Youth Theatre Festival in Manchester, England; and many more. He spent two years as curator of the LINE BREAKS Theater Festival, and currently acts as dramaturg for two solo theater works: Puja Mohindra’s A Great Dive (Silk Roads Theater, Chicago) and Liz Femi’s Take Me to the Poorhouse (Best of Hollywood Fringe, Best International Show 2013).
Rafael performed on three seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry, and is an active content 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 is in demand at such venues as the Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. He has performed around the country and the world at over 100 colleges and venues (Lincoln Center, San Francisco Opera House, NYU) and his music compositions have been placed on shows with MTV and Showtime. His most recent work, THE LIMP, was originally developed in residency at UW-Madison and has been presented 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 a 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