¡Ask a Mexican! to Debut as a Play in New York Next Week!

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SO...I've been sitting on this announcement for months, partly because I fully expected it to fall through, but here we are: next week is the world debut of ¡Ask a Mexican! in play form, in New York.

Rejoice, racialists!

But it's a much-bigger deal than me just doing my usual rant for alt-weekly rags like this one, folks: I'm shooting for the Off-Broadway stars!

The play will get its first-ever reading next Friday courtesy of the Atlantic Theater Company, the award-winning Off-Broadway outfit co-founded by David Mamet (who long ago sent me a book expressing his admiration of my columna) and William H. Macy. It'll be part of their Latino Mixfest, an annual showcase of Latino-themed plays from across the country that offers public readings and workshops for aspiring playwrights...and me.

How ¡Ask a Mexican! the play came to the Atlantic is pretty funny. I was approached months ago by Jaime Castaneda, who serves as an Artistic Leadership Associate for the company and said he wanted to turn my column into a play. I've actually received many offers like his, along with offers for television shows and movies, over the years but have rejected them all, mostly because...well, how the fuck do you turn a column into a movie or TV show without watering it down to Dora the Explorer pablum? But Castaneda promised we'd stay true to the Know Nothing-bashing fun of my column, and the results definitely are something I'm enjoying (I provided the rants; Castaneda, the actual play part). It's still not finished, and we still have to cast (calling any skinny Mexican nerds out there with a propensity to expose pedophile priests!) the damn show, but let's see what happens...

No more details until next Friday, August 26, at 2 p.m., when the reading occurs at the Atlantic's Stage 2. See you there, and don't forget to chuck a taco at me--I'll be hungry!

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32 comments
Neda Amir-Salamat
Neda Amir-Salamat

Congratulations Gustavo! Well deserved -- your column is hilarious.

Juan2X
Juan2X

Well what do you know your favorite MINSTREL "mexican" is taking his minstrel show on the road to the Big Apple.  Well Gusano err Gustavo if you can shuck and smile there; you can shuck and smile ANYWHERE.

Joshi28chv
Joshi28chv

nice, but what's up with logo...not a modern look  for a Mexi-Americano  ha ha

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Brilliant!  Your reading occurs between a Mexican drag queen named Dulce and a fantasy play  about a red-star communist.  The panzonas in your life must be proud of you.

cook
cook

how long till I can see it at the Yost?   Looking forward to openning nite.

Li
Li

Que buena Onda! Sooo happy for you. Oh, and I'm in! When do i audition?

Best,Li@LaLicenciada@HerDeepThoughts

Suerudolph3
Suerudolph3

Great to see you on the FB!! I really enjoyed your column when I was a student at California State University of Sacramento!!Keep up the good work!!

Mark In Kalifornia
Mark In Kalifornia

Will you be wearing the sombrero, mustache, and big teeth like the logo? This is theatre.

Manchild
Manchild

I hope some puerto ricans wail on this lil maricone!

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Congratulations.  Try to hit Angelo's in Little Italy for Italian; closed Monday nights,  Mulberry Street and Grand.  Try the Pasta Fagioli (faazou); best in the city.

mitch young
mitch young

Any chance you'll be relocating to New York?

junior
junior

Do the Know Nothings get their turn at Mexi-bashing in the play?

Juan2X
Juan2X

It's the minstrel HISpanikkk version of Chief Wahoo - coconuts like Gusano err Gustavo usually get mainstream media play

Juan2X
Juan2X

no need for the homophobia asswipe - on the other hand Gusano - err gustavo is about as "communist" as Clarence Thomas

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

And your usefulness on this blog lasted exactly five minutes...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Dude: WRITE ME!!!Nearly everyone else: Gracias for the kind words!

Juan2X
Juan2X

No I think he's going to come out in a Chief Wahoo headress wearing a florida state football jersey and doing a tomahawk chop a la the atlanta braves.  minstrelsy - that's his thing.

Reynaldo
Reynaldo

Mark? is that you? its me reynaldo. You gave me a blumpkin two weeks back.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Jealous 'cause I spurned your advances? Sorry, chulo, but I don't swing that way ;-)

Juan2X
Juan2X

he won't make enough feria to buy a hand me down zoot suit.  then again gringos LOVE coconuts. so maybe.

Gina
Gina

i know right.. i remeber when he first started and i laughted till I accidentally squeezed a lil turtle head out

Juan2X
Juan2X

anything to get rid of him

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Hey, I'll write a cameo for you: the guy who has a big mouth but resorts to a pseudonym to say them haha!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

This might be the funniest comment EVER posted on this blog—nothing against you, Mark!

junior
junior

Not sure if I will be available and I don't work for scale.  However, if Victor Garber is free he would do a good job.  Plus he is fortunate enough to be my doppleganger.http://www.google.com/search?q...

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