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My Cousin Nelu Is Not Gay

March 9 - March 12

$15 – $30

The Brick presents
My Cousin Nelu Is Not Gay
by Diana Lobontiu
March 9 – 12, 2023

This is a mildly to moderately vengeful two-person show in which Diana (a lightly fictionalized version of myself) spills their guts in a series of solo-show-style confessional monologues about being a lesbian Romanian immigrant in America, while her cousin Nelu (a massively fictionalized version of my real cousin) tells the audience his story about being a raspberry farmer in the Transylvanian countryside whose farm is a front for the mafia. Nelu is NOT gay. Except in this show.

Director: Lyam Gabel
Playwright, Actor, Producer: Diana Lobontiu
Actor: Natalie Rich
Scenic Designer/Projections Designer: Sasha Schwartz
Lighting Designer: Andre Segar 
Sound Designer: Marc Jablonski 
Production Supervisor: Jacob Halpern-Weitzman 
Producer: Leslie Gauthier
Lighting Assistant: Em Stripling
Assistant Director: Kelleen Moriarty
Assistant Set and Projections Designer: Rachel Hodes
Microphone Effects: Travis Wright
Scenic and Lighting Assistant: Travis Martinez
This is a play performed by two butch actors. One plays Diana. The other plays Nelu and a host of other characters from his life. Both actors wear identical Adidas tracksuits. My Cousin Nelu Is Not Gay features musings on the immigrant experience, an intimate dance with a disco ball, musings on the lesbian experience, fully eating cigarettes as a display of masculinity, musings on the butch experience, and an epic yet disappointing cousin vs. cousin showdown in the space created at the ~threshold of revelation~. This is an absurdist comedy butting up against a confessional monologue. This is a bilingual play in which English clashes with Romanian and the gays wrestle the straights to take control of the stage. This is what happens when factual family history meets the stories we tell ourselves about how we grew up, or how we wish we had.

We’d like to thank The Puffin Foundation for their support of this project.

CW: discussion of alcoholism, discussion of sexual assault, some homophobia

Follow them: @mycousinnelu @go_di9

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A Note on Accessibility: The Brick has trigger warnings posted in the space for each show for you to check if you so choose. If you would rather ask questions in advance of being in the space or would like to enter in advance of house opening due to our seating not being assigned, please reach out to theresa@bricktheater.com.

In consideration for the health and safety or our staff members, artists, and audiences, The Brick remains committed to maintaining vaccination requirements and mask mandates for our in-person presentations for the foreseeable future. We ask that all audience members remain masked. All staff and performers will be vaccinated; performers may not be masked. Audience can provide proof of vaccination with a government issued I.D. along with a physical copy or picture of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, the NYC COVID Safe App or the New York State Excelsior Pass. Please be patient with staff.



March 9, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$15 – $30


Brick Theater
579 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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