John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons

John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons

Emmy and Obie Award winner John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown) schools his son—and the rest of us—on the buried and forgotten history of Latinos in the Americas in this outrageously funny one-man show about uncovering the truth, and recovering from the past.


Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 90 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Tony Taccone, directs this incendiary new show from one the most provocatively hilarious satirists in American theater.

John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies will be part of the downtown theatre’s 2016-17 season

The Public Theater has announced that it will present the New York premiere of John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies. Directed by Tony Taccone, the satirical one-man show is scheduled to debut Off-Broadway in spring 2017.

Created and performed by Emmy winner Leguizamo, the monologue play was inspired by his observation that Latinos were often overlooked in the teaching of American history.

“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 a statement. “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. 

“John Leguizamo is one of the great talents of his generation, a comedian and actor who has pushed the boundaries of theatre and performance to new heights and depths,” said artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement.

Here’s how the theatre bills his latest show: “In John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies, 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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