Hitting the Stage

Rick Najera's 'Latinologues' arrives in Los Angeles

By Susan Albin
Published on LatinoLA: March 6, 2003

Hitting the Stage

The critically acclaimed hit theatrical comedy, Latinologues, opens this weekend at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, with performances Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. (official grand opening Saturday March 8). Touring the nation to sold-out crowds and standing ovations, famed author, director, actor and playwright, Rick Najera and his all-star cast will take the stage to perform a collection of political and satirical monologues about the Latino experience in America.

"Latinologues, like the Latino experience, is always moving and changing," comments Najera. "We're excited to be returning to Los Angeles and have a gifted, all-star cast of Latino performers."

Najera's well-known and most loved character, Buford Gomez, will provide a comprehensive seminar on how to catch illegal immigrants at the border, while Miss East L.A. will do anything to save her crown and her dignity, while Fidel outsmarts 'La Migra' and heads to Puerto Vallarta for free. A compilation of ten unique monologues will be performed live on stage.

The talented cast includes stars such as Fernando Carrillo (Ponderosa, Rosalinda), Ren? Lav?n (Dirty Dancing 2-Havana Nights, People en Espa?ol's 25 Most Beautiful), Paul Saucido (LATV Live), Amanda Gunderson (As You Like It,), Tricia Cruz (LATV Live, ER) and Rick Najera (In Living Color, West Wing, ALMA Award Nominee, Latinologues) along with certain guest celebrities appearances.

Latinologues is a showcase for Latino actors and has been performed by top actors such as Edward James Olmos, Jacob Vargas, Maria Conchita Alonso Christina, Mario Lopez, Tony Plana, Constance Marie, Alexis Cruz, Alex Menesis among many others. It has been featured in theaters around the nation and in festivals such as Showtime's Latino Laugh Festival, HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival, The Big Stinkin' Comedy Festival and the Festival of Independent Theaters.

Latinologues opens March 8 and will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. through May 3, 2003 at the Coronet Theatre (366 N. La Cienega Blvd.- one block North of Beverly Blvd.).

Tickets are available now for $20 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com) or by calling The Coronet Theatre box office at (310) 657-7377. Tickets can also be purchased at the door one hour before curtain. Visit http://www.coronet-theatre.com for more information.

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