Freak by John LeguizamoFreak: a Semi-Demi-Quasi-Pseudo Autobiography is John Leguizamos hilarious coming-of-age story. Set in various neighborhoods of Queens, New York, in the eras of disco and break-dancing, Freak recounts the turmoil and eccentricities within a Latino family struggling to make it. A domineering father, frustrated by his rocky quest for the American dream; a mother who finds feminism and the club scene when she tires of Pops tight control; a pudgy, eager-to-please, easily manipulated younger brother; and John - who doesnt spare himself in telling the gory details of his teen years. Freak is the book adaptation of Leguizamos comical and critically acclaimed one-man Broadway show. But Freak, the book, contains narrative that had to be cut from the show because of time restraints.
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Actor and stand-up comedian, John Leguizamo, brings his one-man Broadway show to Netflix. The stage is littered with various desks, cabinets, a chalkboard, books and props to resemble a traditional classroom setting. To his surprise, Leguizamo finds out his son has little to no knowledge on the history of Latinx civilization or its important figures. Throughout the show, the audience sees Leguizamo struggle to come to terms with his own shortcomings as a father and try to tackle bigger issues that he and his son face, such as discrimination and self-identification. He explains their ingenuity and culture were wiped out by European settlers. Leguizamo battles the Eurocentric narrative by explaining that famous settlers, like Hernan Cortes, were unable to defeat these indigenous groups in battle despite their advanced weaponry and equipment.
John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons
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The actor-comedian performs his Tony-Award nominated one-man show featuring monologues about growing up Latino and impersonations of his colorful kin. Taped at the Cort Theatre in New York. Spike Lee directed. Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. Created with Sketch.