Fund LOS FRIKIS (the musical)

LOS FRIKIS tells the story of a wave of Cuban punk rockers in the 80s and 90s who injected themselves with HIV-positive blood in an attempt to live a higher quality of life in government-sanctioned hospitals. Presented as a fictionalized version of  this bizarre, under-publicized history, LOS FRIKIS is a musical featuring the music of Cuban punk band, ESKORIA, with a book written by Krystal Ortiz. We are currently in pre-production for a staged reading/live concert version of LOS FRIKIS that will have two performances at The Den Theater on March 16th and 22nd.

Details regarding our producing partner and creative team will be announced soon, as well as information on how to reserve your free tickets to either performance!

As we develop this piece, it is our priority to pay all of the artists involved. The contributions to this campaign will not only go towards paying these artists for their time and talents, but also towards feeding them on long rehearsal days and other costs of production. Between the director, music director, stage manager, cast of actors, and a full band of musicians, the cost adds up-- and we need the generosity of you and others excited about LOS FRIKIS to make this stage of the play's development process possible.

44763856_1579106721922653_r.jpegKrystal Ortiz is a Chicago-based performer and theatre artist originally from Miami, FL. Krystal was a part of El Semillero, a playwriting circle hosted by the Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists (ALTA), from 2017-2019. Produced by El Semillero, she presented a staged reading of an earlier version LOS FRIKIS to a sold out audience in the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater in July 2018. Krystal has traveled to Cuba twice to meet with real-life frikis and get to know them and their stories, and spoke on a panel at the MCA in partnership with QUEER, ILL + OKAY  in November 2018.
Favorite Chicago acting credits include: Verböten (now playing at The House Theater of Chicago), X (Sideshow Theatre), For Services Rendered (Griffin Theatre Co), Lettie (Victory Gardens), La Havana Madrid (Teatro Vista, Goodman Theatre).  Krystal is an alum of New World School of the Arts High School and The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is represented by Stewart Talent. You can read more at
Headshot by Collin Quinn Rice.

44763856_15791068718595_r.jpegKrystal Ortiz with the first cast and crew of LOS FRIKIS in July 2018 at Victory Gardens Theater.
Pictured (left to right, top row then bottom row): Charin Alvarez, Lucas Garcia, Tommy Rivera-Vega, Krystal Ortiz, Roy Gonzalez, Ana Velazquez, Jax Ovalle, Christian Ovalle, Nadya Naumaan, Claudia Quesada, and Samuel Ocean.

The cover image for this campaign pictures Krystal Ortiz and Gerson Govea in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in November 2018.
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Krystal Ortiz 
Chicago, IL
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