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Latin History for Morons


Theatre: Studio 54
Opening Night: November 15 2017
Final Performance: February 25 2018
Author: John Leguizamo
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Nelle Nugent, Kenneth Teaton, Denoff Salmira Amigos - Jeremy Handelman/Ben DeJesus, Audible, Peter Fine, Jon B. Platt, Jamie deRoy, Melissa and Dan Berger, Stefany Bergson, Willette M. Klausner, Jose Mendez/Katie Graziano, Morwin Schmookler, Avex International Inc., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Tony Taccone, Susan Medak, The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Patrick Willingham, Mandy Hackett
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When his son gets a school assignment on heroes, John Leguizamo seizes the chance to teach him all about the great minds of the Latino world. But once he sets out on his irreverent crash course across three continents and 3000 years of history—from conquistadores to cumbia, Montezuma to Menudo, and taking on the characters in all of it—he uncovers provocative truths that shock even him.

Eligible Performer in a Leading Role: John Leguizamo


  • John Leguizamo has written and performed in several previous one-person plays. One of them, Freak, was nominated for Tony Award as Best Play in 1998; Leguizamo received a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Play.
  • A reading list of books mentioned in the play, as well as other works about the history and impact of Latinx culture in North America, are available on the show’s website.


Latin History for Morons premiered at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2016. It was subsequently produced Off Broadway at The Public Theater in 2017 before transferring to Broadway.