Class is in Session with "Latin History for Dummies"

John Leguizamo Brings His One-Man Show to La Jolla Playhouse

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Actor and comedian John Leguizamo is spicing up Latin history with his comedy show, Latin History For Dummies. The one-man show is making a tour stop at the La Jolla Playhouse in the Mandell Weiss Theatre from April 5th-17th. The show, directed by Tony Taccone, is a comedic take on 500 years of Latin History, from the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II. Leguizamo covers the contributions of Latin people that were left out of your history books with his satirical version of history.

After the realization that Latin history is mostly absent from standard history books, Leguizamo came up with the idea of an informative comedy show featuring Latin historical topics and people that are typically left out of school curriculum.

Leguizamo is no stranger to the entertainment world. In his career, he has worked extensively in film, theatre, television, literature, and the like. The talented actor has Golden Globe, Emmy, ALMA, and Screen Actors Guild nominations under his belt, as well as an Emmy win. In 1991, he created the popular off-Broadway show, Mambo Mouth, where he portrayed seven different characters. Spic-O-Rama (1993) was yet another sensation that had extended and sold-out runs in Chicago and New York. His successful show Freak (1998) was on Broadway, with a special HBO presentation directed by Spike Lee. The HBO special won him his Emmy Award in 1999.

Director Tony Taccone has staged over 35 plays in Berkeley, with works from Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Quincy Long, Itamar Moses, and Lemony Snicket. He also held tenure as artistic director of Berkeley Rep, a Tony-winning nonprofit. He has also worked as artistic director at Eureka Theatre. 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."

The La Jolla Playhouse is a Tony award-winning professional nonprofit theatre. In its time, the Playhouse has received over 300 awards for theatre excellence, with a Tony Award for America's Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1993. The Weiss Theatre was introduced in 1983 as the first La Jolla Playhouse theatre, with just under 500 seats for patrons. The theatre also has an upstairs wooden deck for parties or receptions, as well as a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

Leave the young ones at home, as this show is recommended for ages 15 and older due to its strong language. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased on the La Jolla Playhouse website

The show begins April 5th in the Weiss Theatre at 7:30pm. The show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays begin at 7:30pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm, Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sunday nights at 7pm. 

For any other information regarding the show, Patron Services is available at (858) 550-1010.