"KISS MY AZTEC" (In development)
Music by Benjamin Velez | Lyrics by Benjamin Velez, David Kamp and John Leguizamo
Book by John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone, Directed by Tony Taccone
This is a new and exciting project i'm writing with John Leguizamo, David Kamp, and Tony Taccone, who will also be directing the world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theater in Spring of 2019!
The show is a VERY loose telling of when the Spanish came to the new world and conquered the Aztec people. A musical fusion of bolero, hip hop, merengue, and rap, and a mashup of 16th century and modern slang, Kiss My Aztec! celebrates, elevates, and commemorates Latinx culture. Led by the unlikely duo of Colombina (a feminist warrior/rapper) and Pepe (a clown)—and empowered by a prophecy promising a new leader called the Great Brown Hope—they plot to overthrow their Spanish colonizers. Along the way they collide with an evil Viceroy, his inbred millennial daughter, and an absurd trio of singing Spanish Inquisitors. Sexual innuendos, mad-cap chases, epic battles and doomed romances ensue.