Chicho, an ashamed-queer-Catholic-man-boy from Venezuela, hilariously attempts to feel beautiful despite his warring identity politics. In this wildly entertaining exploration of a diasporic experience, CHICHO meticulously presents the disparity between his own Queer-ibbean coming-of-age journey in Canada and the worsening socio economic crisis in Venezuela. 

CHICHO premiered March 7th - 24th, 2019, co-presented by Pencil Kit Productions and Theatre Passe Muraille with support from Aluna Theatre, at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. It received a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance of an Individual and a nomination for Outstanding New Play.

Photography by Tanja Tiziana.

Photography by Tanja Tiziana.

CHICHO has been developed in-residence at Theatre Passe Muraille with support from Diaspora Dialogues. The project would not be possible without the support of Aluna Theatre, Factory Theatreand Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. CHICHO has been written with support by the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto. The 2019 Production was supported by The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


Photo of Claren Grosz ( Pencil Kit Productions ) and Augusto, by Graham Isador.

Photo of Claren Grosz (Pencil Kit Productions) and Augusto, by Graham Isador.

Creative Team

Augusto Bitter - Creator & Performer

Claren Grosz - Director

Jivesh Parasram - Dramaturge

Elyse Waugh - Stage Manager

Deanna H. Choi - Sound Designer

Giuseppe Condello - Lighting Designer


Presentation History

World Premiere - Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace

March 7-24, 2019

The 39th Annual Rhubarb Festival - Buddies in Bad Times

February 16-18, 2018

Theatre Passe Muraille: BUZZ Series Presentation

February 3-4, 2018

Aluna Theatre's CAMINOS Festival 2017 - Aki Studio Theatre

October 5th, 2017

Production Photography by Dahlia Katz | 2019