Inspired by Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, The Cruising Monologues tells the stories of six individuals and their experiences with "cruising," the act of walking or driving around town in search of a little romance, usually of the gay, anonymous, casual, one-time variety. The show features comical monologues, poetry, and dance in an eye-opening evening of laughter.

Written, Directed & Produced by: Jose Batista-Ayala

PERFORMANCES:

  • Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:30pm at The Duplex Theater on Christopher Street.
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
  • Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:30pm at B.A.A.D. in the Bronx! 
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8pm at The Brightside Tavern in Jersey City.

Check out our feature in Latin Trends Magazine: HERE

Check out my feature on Theater Mania: HERE

"I had such a great time on Monday! The show was wonderful! I learned a thing or 2 - will for sure go see you guys again."  -Maria Campusano

"OMG I went to an off-Broadway show on Monday and let me tell you this place was packed (it was small). The performers truly surprised me especially a curvy young actress and dancer - the girl had it going on in every sense of the word! Stay tuned because I will be posting future performance dates because this was an amazing production by an extremely talented young man called Jose Batista-Ayala! I cant wait for the next performance. I was not only entertained but I was taught a lesson!"  -Jackie Rivera 

"THE CRUISING MONOLOGUES IS A MUST SEE...SUPERB TALENT" -Jay Harris 

"So proud of my peeps in The Cruising Monologues. Based on audience response, there is something in it for everyone. It certainly hit home for me. Especially salute Jose Batista-Ayala for a brave & honest script..touching on a subject matter that many would usually shy away from. Pa'lante!" -Ricardo Alvarado

"The Cruising Monologues show was the OMG TO THE NTH DEGREE. Total must see, ultra fab, hilariously funny and the talent was money. Lets do it again!!!" -Maria M. Diaz

"The Cruising monologues quickly turned into extraordinary ride. Each performer instantly connected to the psyche allowing the audience to feel right at home with character. Kudos to all of you - great cast . I will be there for part 2!" -Jose Joey Corredor 

"I HAVE TO SAY THAT THE CRUISING MONOLOGUES WAS FANTASTIC!!!" -Alejandro Concepcion 

"Another wonderful work of pure realness taken to a perfect level. One that the entire audience relates to in one way or another. Parts were hysterical, parts were matter-of-fact, and parts put tears in my eyes! Congratulations Jose Batista-Ayala - smart, talented and real!" -Susan Perrone 


AYE PAPI, The play is a comedy about a family coming together after unexpected tragedy. It's like "August: Osage County" meets "The George Lopez Show". 

Written and Directed by: Jose Batista-Ayala

Jan 2015

For any more information, email me. 


Drunk On Love: A One-Man Variety Conversation Show

In this off-off-broadway (on Broadway) solo comedy debut, I tell MY stories of life, love, and relationships. This unique take on a "one-man show" includes singing, dancing, audience participation and much more! So come OUT (if you haven't already) and join me as I explore how good being Drunk On Love feels!

Run time: 90 mins.

Written, Directed, Produced & Performed by: Jose Batista-Ayala

Special Guests: Shhh it's a secret! 

Check out my feature in Next Magazine!

Sunday March 23, 2014 at 8PM: SOLD OUT!

Saturday April 26, 2014 at 8PM: SOLD OUT!


Gay Latino(a)'s on TV!

4.3 percent of Hispanic adults in the U.S. identify with being LGBTIQ but where are they? What do they do? Where do they live? What are their stories? Well no one really knows and I'd like to change that with a show like Lisa Ling’s “Our America” on TV. 

“Our America” tells stories of the American people that we would otherwise never hear - so why not have something like that on TV for Latino(a)'s?

I started the petition to catch someone at Logo TV's attention but I am NOT limiting which outlet picks this project up because in the end, I want this to make a difference - no matter who, what, where and how!

Some have asked why JUST Latino(a)'s? Well, it's what I know best. I am of Dominican and Puerto Rican decent and understand the struggle to blend or fit the very masculine, manly-mold of what Hispanics think a man is. Or how there is a double standard with Lesbians because they are women vs gay men.

Growing up, positive stories of average LGBTIQ Latino(a)'s doing above average things weren't heard of - but times have changed and OUR stories need to be heard! Not to mention that many of us know some really interesting Latino(a)’s that are making a difference and I, along with many others, feel like that should be highlighted in a fun, positive and entertaining way.. So please, sign this petition and share it with your friends and family.

Thank you for your time!


FRiENDAMiGO, The Play.

FRiENDAMiGO, The Play is an off off-broadway comedy about a group of gay friends from Washington Heights. It's like "Noah's Arc" and "In Living Color" had a child out of wedlock and she came out Latina, BAM!

Influences: Sex and The City, Noah's Arc, In Living Color, MadTV, Saturday Night Live! Lose Control Comedy Troupe.

The Cast:
Alex Martinez
Frank Martinez
John Burgos
Jennifer Silva
Jose Batista-Ayala
Gildred Ribot
Beau Howard

Writer, Directer & Producer:
Jose Batista-Ayala

Sound & Lighting:
Joshua Urena

Running Time: 90 Minutes.

Thursday January 31, 2013 at 8PM - SOLD OUT!
Friday February 1, 2013 at 8PM - SOLD OUT!
Saturday February 2, 2013 at 4PM - SOLD OUT!
Saturday February 2, 2013 at 8PM - SOLD OUT!
Sunday February 3, 2013 at 5PM - SOLD OUT!
Friday August 2, 2013 at 8PM - SOLD OUT!
Saturday August 3, 2013 at 5PM
Saturday August 3, 2013 at 8PM

Sunday November 10, 2013 at 8PM - SOLD OUT!