John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’: Comedy and public diplomacy

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

12 p.m. 1 p.m.

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Forum

Theater can bridge history, geography and cultural relations to enlighten audiences in a way that the classroom simply can't.

Tony and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo does just this with Latin History for Morons, a one-man comedic show that sets the record straight about scores of misunderstood Latin history and its contribution to the making of the world and the United States. From the Mayans and Aztecs to modern-day Latin icons, Leguizamo takes theater-goers on a quest for unsung heroes worth celebrating.

Join CPD, Leguizamo and award-winning theatrical director Tony Taccone for an exclusive discussion on the role of art in storytelling and how the creative product—be it a play, film, or novel—can bring cultures together to unlearn clichés, falsehoods and stereotypes, and to expand spaces of expression and empathy for enlightened citizenship.

This is the third collaboration between the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and Center Theatre Group on arts, culture and global citizenship, all of which lie at the intersection of public diplomacy and the performing arts. Latin History for Morons runs September 5–October 20, 2019 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Click here for more information. 

Light refreshments will be served.

You may park on campus for $14 per day, and the closest lots are Royal and Downey Way. Click here for parking information.