All About Meat (The Garcias)
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Antonio Minino
September 25, 2012
What is your job on this show?
playing Pepito Garcia.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I really enjoy new work. There's just something about feeling like you are part of the first incarnation of a story that doesn't compare to working on a revival or classic. I am a big fan of playwrights and admire what they do immensely so I'm always excited when I'm working on a show and find out that the playwright will be part of the process. New work is a clean canvas where there are no preconceived notions as to how a character was played before or how a scene worked best in the past. It's like going on a blind date and if you are lucky finding out that you are compatible and can make something beautiful together.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
Most recently appeared in another Alasa' production (which is coming back in November) "Confessions of a Cuban Sex Addict"; at the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity appeared in "The Empress of Sex" by Duncan Pflaster and directed/performed in "SCENE/UNSEEN" by Riti Sachdeva. I was part of the first workshop production of "All About Meat (The Garcias)" this past Spring. Other favorite NYC acting credits include: "Parts of Parts & Stitches" (14th St Theater), "The Stranger to Kindness" (Revival - The Kraine Theater), "It’s A Wonderful Life" (BOO-Arts Productions), "The Stranger to Kindness" (Planet Connections; Congeniality Award, Nominated Best Actor), "Arpeggio" (45th St Theatre), "Intermission" (HERE), "Trojan Women" (MHS), "Elevation" (Payan Theatre), "OOPS!" (Manhattan Theatre Source), "4 Variations of Mee" (Manhattan Children’s Theatre), "Ilka’s Dream" (Payan Theatre)
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
I always describe it as a Latino LGBT Sex Comedy. We have a very loving, very unique, very proud Cuban family, The Garcias, who own the most profitable chorizo business in the United States. Soon the family Empire (unbeknownst to some) expands to the Adult Escort business. This family has one very special thing that keeps them together and that is love, acceptance and celebration. Which is why outside members must beware! There are a lot of corky characters in this bunch: The extroverted and beloved gay designer son; The young, sexually awake yet unawake granddaughter who is ashamed of her family; The devastatingly sexy yet innocent grandson who is slowly figuring out his true calling; The lawyer son of the family; The matriarch who wears the pants; The patriarch who used to make porn flicks; The hot cousin who arrives from Cuba ready to do anything to live the American Dream. Then you have the outsiders which include: The gold-digger who wants to get her hands on chorizo money; The socialite who always wants to trump The Garcias; The funeral director who works with very bizarre nuns. So as you can see. Fun is to be had and no joke will be left unturned.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
I think Snooki would die and go to heaven. If you show up Snooks we'll bring you on stage and tease that weave of yours into perfection. Just don't bring the baby, this show is for adults only.
Who are your heroes?