October 25 - November 18, 2018
Written and Performed by Jose Sonera
Directed by Melissa Linton
“Sonera, is dynamic. …Gripping. Sonera meticulously charts Prinze‘s descent into furious self-destruction with enormous skill. … Melissa Cardello-Linton’s direction highlights the piece’s strong dramatic arc. … a fascinating slice of show business history as well as an arresting portrait of a talented performer caught in the contradictory demands of American culture.” – Lighting and Sound America
“If you’re a longtime fan of Freddie Prinze and his pioneering career, this homage to an unforgettable virtuoso of comedy and a life ended too soon is a must see. If you haven’t yet been exposed to his groundbreaking work, Prinze is the perfect introduction. …Sonera is remarkable. … Sonera not only bears an uncanny resemblance to Prinze, with his ‘70s-style hair and mustache, bellbottom jeans and striped dress shirt, but also delivers a striking characterization of him, recreating his familiar facial expressions, voice, and mannerisms in an empathetic and moving portrayal that is nothing short of brilliant. His high-energy tour-de-force performance is perfectly nuanced, timed, and calibrated.” – DC Metro Arts
“The acting is incredible. And there is a delicious treat in Sonera as Prinze doing an impression of Lenny Bruce. This layering made such a beautiful moment done with the deftness of a true artist. The character development to the likeness of the public Prinze was spot on. Sonera captures that casual style Prinze had where he would tell the joke as if it was coming to him in the moment organically. Sonera then, with Prinze-level genius, jumps into impressions of the people in the scene he is painting that are so vivid that we crack up.” – The Front Row Center
The Prinze team is thrilled to offer special group rates! Special discount Codes are available to all patrons for groups of 8 or more!
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.
N.B. Strong language.
(Run time: 1 hour and 15 minutes)
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.