The New York premiere of John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons officially opens at the Public Theater Off-Broadway March 27. Directed by Tony Taccone, the satirical one-man show is created and performed by Emmy winner Leguizamo, and was inspired by his observation that Latinos were often overlooked in the teaching of American history.
John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons began previews February 24 and is scheduled to play through April 23.
“Just imagine you’re a white kid and all of a sudden everybody’s Latin and everything they’re teaching you is Latin and you don’t hear anything about yourself or about your contributions,” explained Leguizamo in an earlier press statement from the Public. “And it’s really weird and unfair because we had huge contributions.”
Leguizamo’s acclaimed one-man shows include Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, and Freak, which enjoyed a successful run on Broadway in 1998. He returns to the Public for the first time since 1987, when he was seen in the productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and La Puta Vida Trilogy.
Here’s how the Off-Broadway theatre bills his latest show: “In John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons, the outrageous, multifaceted performer schools his son – and the rest of us – on the marginalization of Latinos in U.S. history and the vital roles they played in building this country. From a satirical recap of Aztec and Incan history to stories of Latin patriots in the Revolutionary and Civil War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down 3,000 years into 90 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark comedic style.” The show is a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
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For tickets and more information visit publictheater.org.
(Updated March 27, 2017)