Emmy-winner John Leguizamo plans to take audiences to school in his latest one-man show, “Latin History for Dummies.”
Variety reported that the Public Theater – an off-Broadway production company in New York City known for hits like “Hamilton,” “Fun Home,” and “Eclipsed” – will showcase Leguizamo’s newest comedic creation during its spring 2017 season.
The Colombian-born and Queens-raised actor-comedian had a string of New York City stage hits in the 1990s with “Mambo Mouth,” “Spic-o-Rama” and “Freak,” and he says he was inspired to create and star in his the next show after noticing a lack of representation for Latinos in the American historical narrative.
“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,” Leguizamo said in a statement. “And it’s really weird and unfair because we had huge contributions.”
The show takes place under the guise of a satirical history lesson aimed at Leguizamo’s son and will explore Latin historical themes dating back thousands of years, as well how Spanish-speaking immigrants helped to shape the most powerful nation in the world.
Co-produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and directed by Berkeley Rep’s Tony Taccone, no official date has been set for the show's premiere.