September 3 – October 13, 2019 | Mandell Weiss Theatre
Book By John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone | Music by Benjamin Velez
Lyrics by David Kamp, Benjamin Velez and John Leguizamo | Based on a screenplay written by John Leguizamo and Stephen Chbosky
Choreography by Maija García | Directed by Tony Taccone
In Association with Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Direct from a critically-acclaimed, extended run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre!
In the spirit of Book of Mormon, Young Frankenstein and Spamalot, this hysterical new musical could only spring from comedy legend John Leguizamo. In the 16th century, a group of ragtag Aztecs are leading the resistance against the Spanish. Led by a fierce female warrior and a not-so-fierce clown, they mount a scrappy attack — and somehow get entangled with a foppish French “fixer,” the over-heated daughter of the Viceroy and the wannabe pop star nephew of the king of Spain. Will our heroes win the day?
Writer John Leguizamo on Kiss My Aztec!
“Energy, speed, and constant jokes…Our cast is [are] quadruple threats, because they’ve got to dance, sing, act, and be funny…You’re going to laugh your a** off!”
– Excerpted from interview in San Diego Magazine
Watch the trailer here:
“People need to laugh right now…They need to celebrate who they are” – Kiss My Aztec! Director Tony Taccone » Watch at ABC 10 News San Diego
CRITIC’S PICK! “SPLASHY…ENTERTAINING…BUOYANT” “‘In the Heights’ crashing into ‘The Book of Mormon’ somewhere along ‘Avenue Q’” » Read more at The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Palpable energy and ebullience…makes you want to get up and dance.” » Read more at Times of San Diego
John Leguizamo Returns To La Jolla Playhouse With ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ » Listen at KPBS
John Leguizamo aspira a un ‘Book of Mormon latino’ con su primer musical ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ » Read more at The San Diego Union-Tribune en Español
Please note John Leguizamo will be behind-the-scenes this time — other fantastic actors will be performing!
Complete your evening at Kiss My Aztec! by making a reservation at our onsite restaurant James’ Place, just steps away from the theatre, or stop by for a drink. Click HERE to reserve your table. James’ Place opens at 5:00 pm.
Una K. Davis
ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation, audio description): Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 pm
Estimated run time: Act I: 1 hour, 10 min. Act II: 55 min. Plus a 15-minute intermission.
Content notes: This production contains bawdy humor, adult themes and language, haze and flashing lights. Please contact Patron Services if you’d like to discuss further.
Top banner photo credit: (Front) Zachary Infante; (back row, L – R): KC de la Cruz and Angelica Beliard in KISS MY AZTEC!; photo courtesy of Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
“Sassy, rollicking, take-no-prisoners, equal-opportunity entertainment…a tight ensemble of talented clowns.”– San Francisco Examiner
“This is a big, juicy ‘Kiss’ that inspires celebration and hope, even amid oppression, darkness and abominable leadership.”– Theater Dogs
The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.