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Paul Rodriguez and Mike Gomez Talk About New Play, The Pitch

MUSE was able to talk with Paul Rodriguez and Mike Gomez on their new play, The Pitch  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 network’s desire to stereotype Latinos in most roles.

Rodriguez’s, The Pitch, uses humor to shed light on the reality about why Latinos are invisible on TV—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.

“It was an opportunity to turn a twisted situation into a twisted comedy,” said Rodriguez.

“Father of Chicano Music” Lalo Guerrero’s music helps frame the productions opening and ending. Guerrero’s music is a perfect fit for The Pitch as his corridos told stories about the struggles and triumphs of Mexican-American hero’s from Cesar Chavez to Ruben Salazar.  He often said, “I only wrote about what I saw.”

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.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.
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