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'Kiss My Aztec' a Mesoamerican Story for the Modern Day

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(L to R) Katherine “KC” de la Cruz (Ensemble), Jesús E. Martínez (Captain Soldier/Ensemble), and Desiree Rodriguez (Pilar/Ensemble) in the world premiere of 'Kiss My Aztec!' at Berkeley Rep, directed by Tony Taccone. (Cheshire Isaacs/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Written by John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone, this world-premiere musical has more than a whiff of Hamilton for Latin America: a history lesson of resistance in Spanish-occupied Mesoamerica told through salsa, hip-hop, merengue and funk, with a blend of 16th-century dialect and modern slang. Taccone and Leguizamo previously worked together on Latin History for Morons, but this one’s special: it’s Taccone’s final production as artistic director after 33 years at Berkeley Rep.

Listen to Taccone discuss the play on KQED’s Forum here.


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