JOHN LEGUIZAMO’S Latin History for Morons Ends Successful Run on Broadway
Final performance played Sunday, February 25th
Written & Performed by JOHN LEGUIZAMO
Directed by TONY TACCONE
“BOISTEROUS AND JOYFUL, LEGUIZAMO ISN’T MERELY TEACHING US WHAT WE’VE NEVER BEEN TAUGHT. HE’S GIVING US A SPACE TO CHEER AND CRY, TO LAUGH AND LISTEN.”
– David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly
“FUNNY AND SURPRISINGLY POIGNANT, LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS SLYLY POSES SHARP AND TIMELY QUESTIONS OF WHAT CULTURALLY DEFINES AMERICAN IDENTITY. WOVEN AMID THE MEMORABLE ONE-LINERS, MOST OF WHICH CANNOT BE QUOTED, THE RESULTS ARE STARTLINGLY TOUCHING.”
– Ben Brantley, New York Times
“AN ABUNDANCE OF HUMOR AND HEART! LEGUIZAMO KEEPS US LAUGHING ALL THE WAY THROUGH.”
– Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
“LEGUIZAMO’S GENIUS RESTS IN PART IN HIS ABILITY TO CONTINUALLY SURPRISE US.”
– Jeremy Gerard, Deadline
On Broadway at Studio 54
(February 26, 2018 – New York, NY) John Leguizamo’s LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS, which played its final performance yesterday, February 25th, wrapped with its highest grossing week yet, following an earlier announcement that the production had recouped its capitalization, the first play of the season to do so. LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS recouped in the first 15 weeks of its limited run at Broadway’s Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). The original 16-week engagement was extended an additional three weeks on opening night, November 15, 2017.
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS marks Broadway’s most produced modern Latino playwright, John Leguizamo’s sixth one-man venture onto the stage. His body of work includes success on Broadway with Ghetto Klown (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award), Freak (Drama Desk Award), Sexaholix…A Love Story and Off-Broadway with Mambo Mouth (Obie Award) and Spic-O-Rama (Drama Desk Award). Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak and Ghetto Klown all went on to be filmed for presentation on HBO.
Fresh off the celebrated and financially successful Broadway run with Ghetto Klown, Leguizamo began work on LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS in 2012 and has enjoyed acclaimed development engagements at The Public Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Directed by Tony Taccone (Wishful Drinking, Bridge & Tunnel), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS is written and performed by Leguizamo, featuring scenic design by Rachel Hauck, lighting design by Alexander V. Nichols, and original music and sound design by Bray Poor.
In LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS John Leguizamo schools his son—and the rest of us—on the little known history of Latinos in the Americas in his outrageously funny, satirical one-man play. Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history books, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history 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 Pitbull into 95 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS was produced by Nelle Nugent, Kenneth Teaton, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Denoff Salmira Amigos-Jeremy Handelman/Ben DeJesus, Audible, Peter Fine, Jon B. Platt, Jamie deRoy, Melissa & Dan Berger, Stefany Bergson, Willette M. Klausner, Jose Mendez/Katie Graziano, Morwin Schmookler and Avex International Inc. 101 Productions, Ltd. served as General Manager.
Both written and performed by Leguizamo, the limited engagement of LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS concluded on Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 PM.
Although playing at Studio 54, LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS was not a Roundabout Theatre Company production.
For more information visit LatinHistoryBroadway.com.