Hollywood Fringe 2024: World Premiere: Habla y te Salvas: Stories of a No Sabo Kid & his Guayaco Dad @ Eastwood Performing Arts Center – Review

Award-winner Storyteller and Playwright Christopher Moncayo-Torres invites you to meet the elusive Ecuadorian Paul Bunyan of his childhood: his dad. The 79 year old legend, having never performed before in his life, will be present (yes, really) to help Christopher explore their once estranged relationship via mysterious boxes & broken Spanglish in this comedic solo-ish show.

Through sharing true stories he experienced with his dad as an adult, audio recordings of their conversations and displaying family relics on stage (like boxes from the attic that once belonged to dad!), Christopher unravels the similarities and differences between him and a man he only knew beforehand from tall tales he heard as a kid. From when they shared cramped bedrooms filled with “borrowed” goods in Queens, NY together, to heartfelt chats in broken Spanglish inside panaderias over cafe con leche, under the roaring 7 train, Christopher and his father try to figure out how two very different Ecuadorian-Americans can talk about forgiveness, empathy and salvation while having no shared language between them, be that English, Spanish or even of fathers and sons.  Source

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Very Good Show! LA Theatre Bites Recommended! June 22 – 30, 2024.

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