Freak: A Semi-Demi-Quasi-Pseudo Autobiography

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Riverhead Books, Sep 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 125 pages
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Set in various neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in the eras of disco and break-dancing, FREAK recalls the turmoil and eccentricities of a Latino family struggling to make it. A domineering father, frustrated by his rocky quest for the American dream; a mother who finds feminism and the club scene when she tires of Pop's tight control; a pudgy, eager-to-please, easily manipulated younger brother, and John--who doesn't spare himself in telling the gory details of his teen years. He recounts his parents' arrival in the U.S.; his father's desire to be a tenement king; his family's stint as the Leguizamobergs in the Catskills; his brushes with the Irish and Italian bullies of his neighborhood; exhilarating theater outings with his flamboyant Uncle Sanny; and his adolescent obsession with the wonders of his penis in scenes that are laugh-out-loud funny. FREAK is the book adaptation of Lequizamo's comical and criticallyacclaimed one-man Broadway show. But FREAK, the book, also containsnarrative which had to be cut from the show because of time restraints--it's not only a great read for those who are addicted to Lequizamo's award-winning theater successes Mambo Mouth and Spic-O-Rama, but also for the legions of fans who have seen him on the big screen in Romeo and Juliet, To Wong Foo, Carlito's Way and on his ground-breaking Fox show House of Buggin'.

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A friend of mine who does professional stand up comedy gave this to me. He grabbed an extra copy off his shelf at home and said, “Here. Read it. Keep it.” He said it in a way that made it clear he ... Read full review

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John Leguizamo was born in Colombia in 1964 and immigrated to Queens, New York, with his family when he was four years old. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in various New York clubs, and has gone on to critically acclaimed performances on film, television, and Broadway. He lives in New York City.

David Bar Katz is an award-winning playwright (A HISTORY OF INVULNERABILITY, FREAK), screenwriter, and TV writer (HOUSE OF BUGGIN'). "David Bar Katz is an important, incisive, scary, funny playwright. Always full of surprises." -Eric Bogosian His play The History of Invulnerability, about Jerry Siegel, the Holocaust and the creation of Superman was produced by Cincinnati's Tony Award winning Playhouse in the Park in the Spring of 2010 and directed by Michael Haney. "More incredible than the Hulk, more amazing than Spiderman, that's "The History of Invulnerability," a consideration of The Man of Steel, his co-creator Jerry Siegel and Truth, Justice and the America Way. "Invulnerability" is going to be the spring season' s buzz show." (Jackie Demaline, The Cincinnati Enquirer) "Katz has X-ray vision to see into the human soul, and his powerful play should be required viewing." (Rick Pender, Cincinnati CityBeat)

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