Save The Date: Mexican superhero visits Boyle Heights libraries

Anthony Aguilar as El Verde | Magdalena Guillen, 2009

By James Schneeweis

East LA Rep in partnership with Center Theatre Group  will present a series of free play readings this week of “El Verde” in public libraries in Boyle Heights. Written by Boyle Heights native Anthony Aguilar, this is part of the Center Theatre Group’s “The Shop” initiative, which brings free play readings to local  libraries.

An original action-packed comedy that brings the exciting world of superheroes to the stage, El Verde tells the story of a Mexican immigrant turned superhero. After a mishap at his job, blue-collar worker Arturo Sanchez  believes that his “freak accident” has given him powers. He becomes the superhero, El Verde, and faces the evil La Quinceañera, a woman bent on destroying the entire world. “Now with powers that even he isn’t sure of, Arturo fights for truth, justice, and the Mexican-American way,” according to the play website.

As an avid fan of superheroes, writer, Anthony Aguilar, wanted to see a series that strongly reflected his Latin American culture while keeping that comic book feel. So, Aguilar developed El Verde to counter the lack of Latinos represented in mainstream world of superheroes. In 2007, Aguilar developed El Verde as a series of full-length shows, with El Verde facing a new villain in every installment. El Verde is a superhero comedy, fun for the whole family.

El Verde will be read at the following libraries:

Jan. 21, 2014 at 5pm
Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E. 1StStreet

Jan. 22, 2014 at 5pm
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence Street

Jan. 23, 2014 at 2pm
Estrada Courts Satellite Library
(in the Estrada Courts Community Center)
3232 Estrada Street

Jan. 25, 2014 at 3pm
Malabar Library
2801 Wabash Avenue

For more information visit http://www.elverdeshow.com/

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