2019/2020 Season

Kiss My Aztec!

New Musical

September 3 – October 12, 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?


John Leguizamo

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.


Production Sponsor
Una K. Davis

» Click here to read the program online

ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation, audio description): Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 pm

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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.

Cast & Creators
Image of John Leguizamo John Leguizamo Book/Lyrics
Image of Tony Taccone Tony Taccone Book/Director
Image of Benjamin Velez Benjamin Velez Lyrics/Music
Image of David Kamp David Kamp Lyrics
Image of Angelica Beliard Angelica Beliard Ensemble
Image of Chad Carstarphen Chad Carstarphen El Jaguar Negro/Reymundo
Image of KC De La Cruz KC De La Cruz Ensemble
Image of Zachary Infante Zachary Infante Fernando/Sebastian/Ensemble
Image of Yani Marin Yani Marin Colombina
Image of Jesús E. Martínez Jesús E. Martínez Captain Soldier/Ensemble
Image of Maria-Christina Oliveras Maria-Christina Oliveras Tolima/Ensemble
Image of Joél Pérez Joél Pérez Pepe
Image of Al Rodrigo Al Rodrigo Rodrigo/Ensemble
Image of Desireé Rodriguez Desireé Rodriguez Pilar/Ensemble
Image of Richard Henry Ruiz Richard Henry Ruiz Pierre Pierrot/Ensemble
Image of Julio Catano-Yee Julio Catano-Yee Swing
Image of Tamara Rodriguez Tamara Rodriguez Swing
  • Maija GarcíaChoreographer
  • David GardosMusic Supervisor
  • Clint RamosScenic and Costume Design
  • Alexander V. NicholsLighting Design
  • Jessica PazSound Design
  • Rachel GeierWig Design
  • Simon HaleOrchestrations
  • Wilson TorresAdditional Percussion Arrangements
  • Amy Potozkin, CSA;
    Tara Rubin Casting:
    Xavier Rubiano, CSA
    Casting
  • Madeleine OldhamDramaturg
  • Megan McClintockStage Manager
  • Willie Mae MichielsAssistant Stage Manager
  • Benjamin SeibertProject Production Manager
  • Olivia EspinosaAssistant Director
  • Lauren CoxAssociate Choreographer
  • DiggleAssociate Scenic Designer
  • Michelle RidleyAssociate Costume Designer
  • Beth LakeAssociate Sound Designer
  • Jessica BermanDialect Coach
  • Rae Lynn CrockerAssistant Lighting Designer
  • Katie CraddockAssistant Dramaturg
  • Jacob Halpern-WeitzmanStage Management Assistant
  • Alexis Ellis-AlvarezScript Assistant
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Theatre

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.

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