The Real James Bond Was Dominican

solo performance · christopher rivas · Ages 14+ · one person show · United States of America

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What happens when a Dominican boy in Queens, who won’t go anywhere without his nerf gun, with an imagination far beyond his current shell, an obsession with James Bond and the belief that he’s actually a bad ass spy, finds out that the real James Bond was Dominican? Que, Que? Yeah!

The Real James Bond Was Dominican is a true story​ about the real James Bond, not the one you’ve read in books and seen in the movies—the darker one, the one from the island, the one with hips, thicker hair, and a bigger nose.

This was a man everyone wanted to know, one that men wanted to be, and women wanted to be around, for a myriad of reasons. A parade of wives and lovers including, Barbara Hutton, Doris Duke, and Ava Gardner. Best friends with Frank Sinatra, Prince Aly Khan, John F. Kennedy—and Ian Fleming. A man named Porfirio Rubirosa, a Dominican diplomat, international sportsman, twice the richest man in the world, and a closet full of secrets.

The story follows a boy’s journey and revelations as he compares his “ethnically ambiguous” privilege as a young man of color in Hollywood, to the high end clubs of Paris that the Real James Bond, Porfirio Rubirosa, called home.

The Real James Bond Was Dominican is a young man’s guide to sex, love, race, code-switching, white-washing, success, fake-it-till-you-make-it, and the roller coaster of finding one’s true self.

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