Turning '¡Ask a Mexican!' Into a Play

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Gustavo Arellano, author of 'Ask a Mexican.' (John Gilhooley)

Gustavo Arellano’s longtime column "¡Ask a Mexican!" originated in the O.C. Weekly, but soon became syndicated around the country for its mix of humor, insight, and irreverence. (Recent entry: "Why Are Mexican Women So Jealous of Successful Mexican Women?")

Now, Denver playwright Anthony Garcia is turning "¡Ask a Mexican!" into a play, launching a series of workshops around the country that kicks off on Sept. 22 at MACLA in San Jose. Before readings in Albuquerque, Denver, and Pueblo, Colorado, Garcia brings his script-in-progress to South Bay audiences — and he's hoping you'll bring your input. Audience participation and response are all part of the show, which is a reasonable $5–$10. Garcia and Arellano host a Q&A afterward with the cast of the play, which includes Irene Burgos, Lorenzo Gonzalez, Andrea Rodriguez, David Terminal, and Daniel Valdez (who you may have seen in Zoot Suit or La Bamba). Details here.