MUSE was able to talk with Paul Rodriguez and Mike Gomez on their new play, The Pitch Â opening at the Los Angeles Theatre Centre in Downtown.
The Pitch, while entertaining, manages to tackle some of the major issues facing Latinos in Hollywood: casting, cultural gaps, and the networkâ€™s desire to stereotype Latinos in most roles.
Rodriguezâ€™s, The Pitch, uses humor to shed light on the reality about why Latinos are invisible on TVâ€”the most powerful medium in the world. The two-act dramedy recounts his personal experiences pitching a TV series to executives who hold the power to green-light a show.
â€œIt was an opportunity to turn a twisted situation into a twisted comedy,â€ said Rodriguez.
â€œFather of Chicano Musicâ€ Lalo Guerreroâ€™s music helps frame the productions opening and ending. Guerreroâ€™s music is a perfect fit for The Pitch as his corridos told stories about the struggles and triumphs of Mexican-American heroâ€™s from Cesar Chavez to Ruben Salazar.Â He often said, â€œI only wrote about what I saw.â€
The Pitch, opens on Thursday, September 7th at 7PM, at the Los Angeles Theater Center, 614 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Matinees: Sept. 9th & 10th, 2PM. General Admission: $25; Students: $15; Group Rates: $10 (groups over 10). For tickets, call LATC at (866) 811-4111 or visit their website at http://www.thelatc.org.