John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons
Written and performed by John Leguizamo
Directed by Tony Taccone
Co-production with the Public Theater
Special Presentation · Peet’s Theatre
July 1–August 14, 2016
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
John Leguizamo’s up close and personal solo shows about growing up in Queens and climbing to the top of the Hollywood ladder have earned him scores of fans and accolades—and Emmy and Obie Awards. In Latin History for Morons, the outrageous, multifaceted performer attempts to teach his son (and the rest of us) about 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. History was never so mind-blowing…or hysterical!
John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons was developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.
John Leguizamo · Writer
Tony Taccone · Director
Emmanuel Hernandez · Dance Choreographer
Alexander V. Nichols · Scenic / Lighting Design
Maggi Yule · Costume Consultant
James Ballen · Sound Consultant
Kathy Rose · Stage Manager
“Latin History is a blast…There’s also an impressive amount of movement in the piece, in a lively staging by Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone. Leguizamo throws himself gleefully into re-enactments of great historical battles and bellicose war dances. His character voices are terrifically distinct…He’s such an animated, dynamic performer that it’s a pleasure to follow along wherever he decides to take us.”—Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
“Hilarious…A raucous whirlwind tour of the role of Latinos in U.S. history. Leguizamo presents a scorching, refreshingly original take on the past…[He’s] an agile, appealing performer, and his characterizations are both mercurial and spot-on.”—San Francisco Examiner
“[Latin History for Morons is] filled with dozens of hilarious moments and signature, raunchy touches of Leguizamo comedy peppered throughout…As a performer, Leguizamo still has much of the manic, hyper-sexual, spitfire delivery he became known for…Fans of Leguizamo’s work…will undoubtedly love the piece.”—SFist
Official trailer: Latin History for Morons
Get a sneak peek at John Leguizamo’s latest show!
See why audiences love John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons.
Part 2: John on Latin History for Morons
John talks about the difference between doing film and creating a solo show.
Part 1: John on Latin History for Morons
What makes this show different from John Leguizamo’s other shows? Find out!
Behind the scenes: John Leguizamo
The hilarious Emmy Award-winning performer reveals the inspiration for his Latin History for Morons.
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