The Aztlan Dance Company and Paztatl Productions present the return of the bilingual comedy El Chuco Loves La Che. This performance piece started out as a 10-minute ode to the letter “Ch” and was featured at the Tesoros Latino Arts Festival at the Santa Cruz Center for Culture in 2003. Since then, it has grown to a full blown one-person show that has been seen around Texas and is poised to launch a national tour in 2014.
Written and performed by ex-Austinite, Rodney Garza, El Chuco Loves La Che is a poetic “Tongue in CHeek” homage to the Chicano culture and its code-switching language. Garza feels honored to be celebrating the show’s 10 year anniversary by returning to the place where it all began. Inspired by the positive response he received in 2003, he expanded the script to 30 minutes and entered as a solo performer in TeatroFest in San Antonio in 2005. In 2006, Cara Mia Theatre Co. commissioned the piece to be lengthened to an hour and it was presented at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas as a rousing success. Lawson Taitte of the Dallas Morning News noted, “The art lies in the surprising word choices, the ritualistic speech rhythms… topical zingers in an evening of sheer poetry.”
Due to popular audience requests to see more of the show’s affable character, El Pazchuco and his “Che-nanigans”, Garza has incrementally added new material to bring the current running time to 90 minutes.