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In 1997 while living and learning in Albuquerque, NM, Hidalgo,TX native, Pedro Garcia, worked in the local community theater arena, when he was asked by a literacy center to create and perform a short children’s story, set on día de los muertos, and have it talk about the importance of reading and writing starting at an early age. Garcia asked the organizer, how about I write a play, a monologue since I’m an actor instead, and that’s how The Life and Times of Juanito Gonzalez had fruition.
“At first I wrote a 20 minute monologue about an old man who had recently passed but on November 2 he comes back to his tombstone at the cemetery as a skeleton (a fun costume). He arrives to straighten out the place because his relatives are coming to visit him, but before everyone gets there on this special day, and with help from the magical sky, he becomes young again and he tells his story from the time he was a kid. He shares about learning all the important things in life; like buttoning his shirt, riding his bike, brushing his teeth and having good manners and lots more” said Garcia.
The play also written and directed by Garcia is geared towards elementary school kids and people of all ages, families.
“Back then the play was 20 minutes in duration. Now it’s about 50 minutes and moves quickly with lots of energy as the character takes us throughout his life and all that happened in between, including working, harvesting crops to help the family as a boy and going to school and then to college and getting married, becoming a school teacher and about Juanito’s son going off to the Vietnam war, all while raising a great family, based on his continuous quest for knowledge and love”, stated Garcia, the sole performer of the monologue.
“I have an imaginary dog appear in the story whose name was “Solovino” loosely translated to; he arrived on his own. It’s a show that is not scary but inspiring, funny and heartfelt. It encourages living a good life and furthering your knowledge/college and includes some fun rhymes/dimes.”
The show runs Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Pharr Community Theater, 213 W Newcombe Ave. with shows at 3:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door, starting one hour before curtain, for $7 dollars general admission and $5 anyone 13 and under. (The intimate theater seats up 55 persons per show) For more information please call 956-239-0412 or 956-655-9308.
The play is also available for tours to local schools between October 25 and November 25, 2019