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Directed by Tony Taccone, the satirical comedy, created and performed by Leguizamo, jumps to Broadway after a hit run at the Public Theater this past spring. Previews will begin Oct. 19 ahead of a Nov. 15 opening night at Studio 54. The limited engagement will run through Feb. 4.
Hatched out of Leguizamo’s observation that the Latino contribution is essentially overlooked in the standard American history curriculum, the show aims to school the performer’s son — and the audience — in the vital roles that Spanish-speaking immigrants have played in building the nation. Covering 3,000 years over the course of 95 uncensored minutes, the show spans from a satirical recap of Aztec and Incan history to stories of Latin patriots in the Revolutionary and Civil War and beyond, delivered in the writer-performer’s trademark irreverent style.
Latin History for Morons — produced by Nelle Nugent, Kenneth Teaton, The Public Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre — marks Leguizamo’s sixth one-man venture onto the stage, following success on Broadway with Ghetto Klown and Freak, and off-Broadway with Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama and Sexaholix…a Love Story. Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak and Ghetto Klown all went on to be filmed for HBO.
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