Tales From A Ghetto Klown Documentary Feat. John Leguizamo Debuts On PBS.
This spring, La Roja had the opportunity to check out John Leguizamo‘s theatrical one man show, Ghetto Klown live and en persona. It was an amazing show, and an equally amazing experience (read the complete review!). For those who didn’t get to check out Ghetto Klown live or those (like Las Gringas!) who just can’t get enough of it, there’s más! Director Ben DeJesus has chronicled the creative process that ultimately produced Lequizamo’s show, and he will be sharing his insight with audiences through the upcoming documentary, Tales From A Ghetto Klown.
Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown is the fifth installment of his autobiographical one man theatrical performances, and it’s his irreverant and hilarious account of life from the personal to the professional, no holding back. This particular production was three years in the making, and DeJesus was there to document its creation from the initial writing to production drama to the impact the play had on John and his experience as an actor and an individual.
This is a unique and honest story of colliding cultures (Leguizamo hails from Colombia originally but grew up in Queens, NY), and DeJesus captures the journey from a Spanish language performance in Latin America to John’s performances in the U.S. In between, he also grabbed interviews with some of John’s mentors and amigos like director Fisher Stevens, Liev Schreiber, Rosie Perez and Ralph Fiennes.
The documentary, Tales From A Ghetto Klown, will premiere on PBS on Friday, July 13th. DeJesus still needs your support though! Head on over to his Kickstarter page to see how you can contribute!