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La Esquinita, USA

A new solo theatrical work
by Rubén C. González

Acclaimed Actor, Filmmaker and Solo Artist Ruben C. Gonzalez brings his fascinating one-man show to Aurora Theatre for a limited one-week engagement.

Mr. González presents the interlocking stories of ten characters, moving seamlessly from one to the next in cinematic clarity in his masterpiece La Esquinita USA. The once booming fictional town is in disarray when the Thompson Tire Factory moves to China. Citizens of this forgotten place are left scavenging for what little remains. With the voice narrator Lencho and experienced through the eyes of, Daniel, a young man standing at the threshold between light and darkness, audiences will be captivated by this tale of love, forgiveness and ultimate redemption.

July 28–31, 2016

Thursday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $20–$30

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Rubén C. Gonzalez received his training at the London Academy for Performing Arts, Circle in the Square Theatre School (NYC) and holds an MFA from University of California, DAVIS. His stage directing credits include, Xago Juarez’s Aliso in Worker Land, Joe Quintero’s Pilgrimage, HeadRush’s The Throw Down! and Alienation and Monica Sanchez’s Chronicles of Odisia. As an actor, he’s performed at The Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep., El Teatro Campesino, Teatro Visión and The Pasadena Playhouse. On the east coast at Intar, The Lincoln Center Institute, HB Sutdios, Primary Stages and The Kennedy Center among others. Gonzalez has also performed his critically acclaimed solo show’s, Diary of a Mad Mexican and The Messiah Complex all over the US and Poland. His newest piece, La Esquinita, USA opened at El Teatro Campesino in April 2010. His TV credits include Medium, Veronica Mars, The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman and Air America. On the big screen, some of his credits include Selena, Suckers, It’s Pat, Perfect Game and The Master. He worked alongside Benjamin Bratt in La Mission (SUNDANCE ’09, release in April ’10) and in Alfredo Ramos’ Foodstamps due out in the near future. You can also see his short film, The Fourth Corner on youtube.com. His screenplay, Boy Innocent is currently in negotiations. Ruben also teaches acting for Television and Film, Screenwriting and History of El Teatro Campesino at Gavilan College.

“Gonzalez, a mercurial silver haired writer/actor slid effortlessly between portrayals of multiple denizens of a fictitious American city…Gonzalez’s performance was first-rank in a poetical two act play…” –Steven Leigh Morris, American Theatre Magazine

“…Gonzalez filled the space at the ETC playhouse with characters that are hilarious, memorable and heartbreaking…Gonzalez is one of the most critical voices going in the Bay Area.”  –David Chavez, Examiner.com

“…It’s refreshing to watch a one-man show that carries political weight and simultaneously connects us to the lives of believable characters that we, as a society and individuals, systematically choose to avoid. Ruben C. Gonzalez is clearly a craftsman in his field.” Suzie Lundy Ph.D, Dir. Of Development, La Peña Cultural Center