Regie Cabico loves the challenge of a one-man show.
“Solo shows are an incredible art form,” the local poet, actor and author says. “It’s a challenge figuring out what one person can say to justify themselves being on stage that long.”
How does a queer boy in Maryland navigate his dream of becoming Coco from “Fame”? Cabico’s self-penned show “Faith, Hope & Regie” is an autobiographical story of his formative years as the gay child of Catholic immigrants.
His performance is one of six being offered this weekend (Oct. 13-14) as part of the D.C. Queer Theatre Festival’s “Going Solo” show which also features DesLesslin George-Warren, Xemiyulu Manibusan, Elizabeth McCain, Christopher Prince and J. Scales. It’s part of the festival’s mission to “unleash and celebrate the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences and community.”
Performances are both nights at 7 p.m. at the Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Rd., S.E.). Tickets and packages range from $20-50. Details at thedccenter.org/queertheatrefe
A longtime performer, Cabico has been featured on NPR and has taken prizes at D.C.’s Story District and various national poetry slams.
Cabico, a Clinton, Md., native, came to Washington 11 years ago after nearly two decades in New York to run a non-profit. He’s single, lives in Columbia Heights and enjoys roller skating and reading poetry and plays in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out when I was 20 after I wrote and performed my first poems for a poetry slam. The introduction to the anthology “Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe,” outed me as a gay Filipino. The hardest person to confront was myself coming from a Catholic background.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
La Ti Do cabaret series at Bistro Bistro.
Describe your dream wedding.
One gigantic, white chocolate-mousse cake.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
What historical outcome would you change?
The 2016 U.S. presidential election results and the invention of the Electoral College.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Irene Cara singing “Out Here On My Own “ on “Fame.”
On what do you insist?
I insist on free hugs, consensual massages and free internet.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
“National Coming Out Day at Maret High School with Angelique Palmer plus a standing O! Ballet training paid off!”
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Roller Skating on Rainbows: the Regie Cabico Story.” Or how about “I Just Want to Have Sex With Someone on a Regular Basis Whose Name I Know, Whom I Don’t Have to Pay, Who is Not Married and is Conscious: the Regie Cabico Story.”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Turn everyone into a Regie-sexual.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
Poetry is the architecture of the soul.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Give space to people of color, immigrants and people with disabilities. It’s not all “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
What would you walk across hot coals for?
My muse and freedom of speech.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
Gay Asian, subservient slave sidekick in search of Indiana Jones white guy.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
A Scruff woof.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Sainthood canonization, but I think that boat has passed.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
The East Village New York days of a Madonna being discovered have died.
Washington has a great theater community and a growing spoken word and literary movement. The D.C. Commission for the Arts & Humanities is an all-encompassing support as is Center Arts of the D.C. Center.