born to be alive

Born to Be Alive


Written by Selene Luna and John T. Stapleton

Directed by Derick LaSalla

Produced by Jon Imparato for the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center

Selene Luna’s story is unlike anything being presented on stage today. The diminutive actress/writer/burlesque artist/stand-up comic/fashion model/activist has faced more obstacles than most as a woman born a little person who emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. with her family when she was just three years old. Confronting and overcoming multiple levels of discrimination, the Logo Award nominee has become one of the hottest members of Hollywood’s “eccentric artist community” and has crossed over into mainstream film, television, theatre and the print fashion world.


“Her act sizzles, thanks to the expert direction of veteran Derick LaSalla. The audience loved her.  It is probably the most unique show on display in Los Angeles and worth the trip.”—Stage Mage

“[Luna] she’s a walking ball of comic defiance, which is exactly what stand-up is supposed to be.”—LA Weekly

“A delightful emotional rollercoaster… makes you leave the theater satisfied that you are perfect just the way you are! … This show has EVERYTHING I look for in an evening of entertainment.”—Jackie Beat

“All will find the joy and fun of the performance intoxicating.  This show delivers the goods!”—Thomas Hampton Reviews

photos by Oded Levy

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all images/multimedia © 2010 Selene Luna.