Created and Performed by John Leguizamo
Directed by Tony Taccone
Class is in session with John Leguizamo’s new one-man show, Latin History for
Morons. John delivers rapid-fire laughs in his biting and comic take on 500 years
of Latin History spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II. Tackling the
contributions of Latin people left out of the history books, John is the most
uproariously real teacher you’ve ever had. Returning to the Playhouse with this new
workshop, John shares his hilarious and satirical version of an often-overlooked part of history.
Recommended for ages 15+. Strong language.
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Mandell Weiss Theatre
The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two
front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also
maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a
small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.
Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats
are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse
performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks, plus a
complimentary microbrew tasting!
Multi-faceted performer and Emmy Award-winner
John Leguizamo's notable career defies categorization.
Possessing boundless energy and creativity, his work spans the genres of film,
theatre, television, literature and beyond. As writer and performer, Leguizamo
created the Off-Broadway sensation Mambo Mouth (1991), in which he
portrayed seven different characters (Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Vanguardia
Awards). His second one-man show, Spic-O-Rama (1993) enjoyed extended
sold-out runs in Chicago and New York (Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warriner Award for
Best American Play, Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement Award for Best
Broadway Performance, Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance). His third
solo show, Freak, completed a successful run on Broadway in 1998. A
special presentation of Freak, directed by Spike Lee, aired on HBO
(Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program and
nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special). In 2001 Leguizamo
returned to Broadway with Sexaholix...a Love Story, directed by Peter
Askin (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for "Outstanding Solo Performance"
and Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Performance).
Sexaholix aired as an HBO Special in 2002 and toured widely. His most
recent one-man show, Ghetto Klown, was developed at La Jolla Playhouse
and went on to Broadway run in 2011. Presently, Leguizamo delights younger fans
as the voice of “Sid” in Ice Age 1, 2, 3. He has been seen in countless films
including Love in the Time of Cholera opposite Javier Bardem and
Benjamin Bratt, The Happening opposite Mark Wahlberg, Righteous
Kill opposite Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, The Babysitters
opposite Cynthia Nixon and The Take opposite Rosie Perez, as well as
Miracle at St. Anna, Land of the Dead, The Groomsmen, Lies & Alibis, Assault
on Precinct 13, Sueno, Spin, Moulin Rouge, Summer of Sam, King of the Jungle,
Spawn, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Dr. Doolittle, Carlito's Way
and Casualties of War.
During Tony Taccone’s tenure as the Michael Leibert
Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award-winning nonprofit has earned a
reputation as an international leader in innovative theatre. He has staged more
than 35 plays in Berkeley, including new work from Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert,
David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Quincy Long, Itamar Moses and Lemony
Snicket. He directed the shows that transferred to London, Continental Divide
and Tiny Kushner, and two that landed on Broadway as well: Bridge &
Tunnel and Wishful Drinking. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep,
Taccone served as artistic director of Eureka Theatre, which produced the
American premieres of plays by Dario Fo, Caryl Churchill and David Edgar before
focusing on a new generation of American writers. While at the Eureka, he
commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America and co-directed
its world premiere. He has collaborated with Kushner on eight plays at Berkeley
Rep, including The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and
Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. His regional credits include Actors
Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Center Theatre Group, Eureka Theatre,
Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Public
Theater and Seattle Repertory Theatre. As a playwright, he debuted Ghost
Light, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup and Game On, written with
Dan Hoyle. In 2012, Taccone received the Margo Jones Award for “demonstrating a
significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of playwriting, with a
commitment to the living theatre.”
Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.