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Julio Down by the Schoolyard

Julio Down by the Schoolyard

By J. Julian Christopher

Directed by Lou Moreno

A Studio Retreat Reading

It is the morning after the brutal murder of Julio Rivera, a gay Puerto Rican man in Jackson Heights, Queens. The murder became the first gay hate crime tried in New York State during the 1990s. In Julio Down by the Schoolyard, the community reacts and is taken on a journey of self-discovery by a fabulously unapologetic queen personifying the beauty and brutality of Jackson Heights. 


Julio Down by the Schoolyard was also developed through The Lark's Winter Writers' Retreat and Roundtable programs.

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