October 25 - November 18, 2018
Written and Performed by Jose Sonera
Directed by Melissa Linton
The time is October 1976. The place is the Improv comedy club. Freddie Prinze is giving one of his last performances, just a few months before his death.
A one-man show about the extraordinary life of the late actor/comedian Freddie Prinze – the half-Hungarian, half-Puerto Rican pioneer that paved the way for future Latino entertainers.
Jose Sonera takes us on an unforgettable journey that boldly addresses issues of race, culture and socio-political topics of that era that are still at the forefront of our conversations today. He does this effortlessly as he interlaces Prinze’s best comedy sets with gripping original monologues that illuminate the life of the late comedian, Mr. Freddie Prinze.
About the Writer
Jose Sonera grew up in New York City in a little neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen. Early on in his career while doing stand up a comedian told him that he reminded him of Freddie Prinze. At that time Sonera had no idea who Freddie Prinze was and had never even heard of him. That comment sent him on a journey that would change his life forever. He spent years researching the forgotten legend and couldn’t believe that his story seemed to be erased from Hollywood’s memory. While researching Prinze’s life he discovered that they had many similarities; they both went to the same high school, they both grew up in similar NY neighborhoods, they were both extremely close with their Puerto Rican mothers and of course, they both shared a love for comedy and acting. Jose fell in love with Freddie in a way that he couldn’t shake and it has been his life long goal to tell the story of this forgotten iconic legend responsible for paving the way and inspiring so many young Latino comedians and actors of today.