The La Jolla Playhouse welcomes John Leguizamo to the Mandell Weiss Theatre for two weeks this April! Leguizamo will be presenting Latin History for Dummies, a page-to-stage workshop production and one-man show that delivers rapid-fire laughs in a biting take on 500 years of Latin History, spanning everything from the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II. Leguizamo’s hilariously refreshing new comedy show arrives at the La Jolla Playhouse April 5.
Latino contributions remain surprisingly absent from high school history lessons, despite numerous research finding that Latino students exposed to ethnic studies actually perform better in school. After learning that 45% of Latino kids drop out of high school, Leguizamo decided to do something about it – he wrote his own educational material that sheds light on a range of topics, including the absence of Latinos during the American Civil War, American culture, and the introduction of important historical figures that have been left out of the curriculum. He eventually hopes to take Latin History For Dummies across the country.
Returning to the Playhouse with this new workshop, John shares his satirical version of an often-overlooked part of history. Though it’s his first time examining this part of history, this isn’t his first rodeo; as a performer and Emmy Award-winner, Leguizamo‘s career has been on the rise since the early 90s. In 1991, Leguizamo created the Off-Broadway sensation Mambo Mouth, in which he portrayed seven different characters. His third show, Freak, completed a successful run on Broadway in 1998, and in 2001 he returned to Broadway with Sexaholix…a Love Story, directed by Peter Askin. His most recent one-man show, Ghetto Klown, was developed at La Jolla Playhouse and went on to Broadway run in 2011.
Tickets start at $25 and the show will run from April 5 to April 17 at varying times. Visit lajollaplayhouse.org for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets.
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