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El Gringuito

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Eric-Dominique Perez
February 20, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright / Actor.

What is your show about?
El Gringuito is an autobiographical story of a redheaded Latino who explores the ups and downs of finding acceptance within his own community for looking more Anglo than Latino. It is a poignant and hilarious account of looking different while trying to belong.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love to work on the Grotowski method known as the Poor Theatre, and also have a big influence on the Theatre of the Absurd.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do Theatre to express the truth, since it's an artistic living experience between the actor and the spectator. It has no time to hide behind any cameras or any other artificial mask's and cliches.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
The spectators will talk about this show to the wee ours of the night, because even though it's my personal story of being/looking different within my own community. It shares the same conflicts that most human beings encounter when they are finding their own identity.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
All of the above. This show is like a roller coaster ride, so it is Smooth,Sexy,Smart and most of all Surprising.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I believe that Theatre could bring societal change, because theatre is a tool for healing one self and the society by using conscious control over our emotions.