Andres "Chulisi" Rodriguez stars in Felix Rojas' solo play Growing Up Gonzales.
Andres "Chulisi" Rodriguez stars in Felix Rojas' solo play Growing Up Gonzales.
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Growing Up Gonzalez, a new solo show written and directed by Felix Rojas, begins performances March 17 at Medicine Show Theatre in advance of an official March 30 opening.

The play features Andres "Chulisi" Rodriguez as Johnny Gonzales, a Bronx native of Puerto Rican descent who is forced to clean out the apartment of his recently deceased younger brother, Cisco. In doing so, he discovers a treasure chest full of colorful, detailed personal notes left behind by Cisco. Pages and pages of notes detail vibrant comic and tragic moments of the past. These innocent interpretations of love, life, and everything in between thrust Johnny upon a magical journey of discovery and forgiveness against the backdrop of a pulsating and affectionate 1970s South Bronx.

Growing Up Gonzales first premiered at Pregones Theater in the Bronx in 2010, followed by runs at the Jan Hus Playhouse, the Poet's Den Theater, and Teatro SEA.

Rojas' works for the stage include Hotel Presidential, From the Mind of Cheo, Mandance, and Joy's Chaos. His works for the screen include On the Downlow, A Place for Us, Perfect Vision, and Papi's Promise.

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