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Through his soft singing and guitar strumming, Matt DeLuca quieted a large group of seniors Tuesday morning at the Pride Center.

The weekly Coffee & Conversation group heard DeLuca sing a solo from the theatrical production of “White Boy” now showing at Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage. DeLuca, a 23-year-old actor from upstate New York, sang “Dream,” an original song he wrote.

In “White Boy” DeLuca plays Patrick an awkward kid from Missouri who moves to east Los Angeles and falls in love with a Latinx man.

“His struggle is to find out what he can have out of life and how to get that,” DeLuca said of his character.

DeLuca said he is straight in real life, but has no problems playing a gay character.

“My girlfriend says I can be a convincing actor,” DeLuca said.

“White Boy: An Urban Love Story” plays through Oct. 22 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale. For tickets, visit  

Elsewhere, Pride Center CEO Robert Boo asked the audience to consider buying an engraved paver at the Equality Park site. “We’re short a full load,” Boo said on his current brick order.

Tom Pence, A Celebration of Friends President, reminded the group of Saturday’s “coffee klatch” starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Skolnick Center, 800 S.W. 36th Avenue, Pompano Beach.

Next week’s sponsor is health insurer Care Plus. For more information contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.