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Ghetto Klown extends by 8 weeks

John Leguizamo new solo play Ghetto Klown as extended its run by 8 weeks and will now play through to 10 Jul 2011.

Ghetto Klown, which has been playing previews since 21 Feb 2011, opens at the Lyceum Theatre on 22 Mar 2011. The show was originally playing a limited 12 week engagement that was scheduled to end on 15 May 2011.

Conceived and performed by Emmy and Obie Award winner Leguizamo, and directed by Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens ("The Cove"), Ghetto Klown is presented by WestBeth Entertainment, Daveed D. Frazier and Nelle Nugent.

Ghetto Klown is the next chapter in John Leguizamo's personal and professional story. It follows in the unabashed, uncensored, and uninhibited tradition of his 'Mambo Mouth,' 'Spic-O-Rama,'' Freak' and 'Sexaholix...a Love Story.'

In Ghetto Klown Leguizamo takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career during the outrageous 80s avant-garde theatre scene, and on the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Leguizamo says, "Ghetto Klown is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would NEVER want the general public to know. It's cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. It's like Wikileaks but with no international manhunt. Yet."


John Leguizamo's work spans the genres of film, theatre, television, literature and beyond. As writer and performer, Leguizamo created the Off-Broadway show 'Mambo Mouth,' in which he portrayed seven different characters, for which he won an Obie Award. His second one-man show 'Spic-O-Rama' enjoyed extended sold-out runs in Chicago and New York. His third solo show 'Freak' completed a successful run on Broadway in 1998. A special presentation of Freak, directed by Spike Lee, aired on HBO (Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program and nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special). In Fall 2001 Leguizamo returned to Broadway with 'Sexaholix...a Love Story,' directed by Peter Askin (Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Performance). Sexaholix aired as an HBO Special in Spring 2002 and toured widely.

Fisher Stevens (Director) made his Broadway debut as 'David' in 'Torch Song Trilogy.' Other Broadway acting credits include 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' and 'Carousel.' Off-Broadway performing credits include 'A Perfect Ganesh,' 'Twelfth Night' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at NYSF. Film and television credits include "Flamingo Kid," "Short Circuit," "Hackers," "Super Mario Brothers," "The Marrying Man," "Friends," "Early Edition," "Numbers" and "Lost." He co-founded Naked Angels, a theater company in New York City, and co-founded Greene Street Films where he produced over 20 films, including "In the Bedroom," "A Prairie Home Companion," "Uptown Girls" and "Awake." He produced and co-directed the documentary film "Crazy Love," which won the 2008 Independent Spirit Award and Fisher produced "The Cove" which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

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