The larger metaphor in this show is what has been culturally abducted from original people of the new world … and too, from the Hispano settlers of New Mexico
Leo Garcia received his MFA from the Asolo Conservatory. He moved to New York City, where he worked as an actor and playwright, originating roles in John Jeserun’s “Dog’s Eye View” at La MaMa; Eduardo Machado’s “Fabiola” at Theatre for the New City, and Maria Irene Fornes’ “Cold Air” at the International Arts Relations Theatre (INTAR). Garcia also originated the role of Nathan Leopold at NYC’s Jewish Repertory Theatre in his play about the relationship between Leopold and Richard Loeb and their psychological crime. That same play was submitted to Ms. Fornes for consideration as playwright in residence at INTAR, where Garcia began his career as a playwright and served five residencies under the direction of Ms. Fornes.
Garcia worked for many years with his mentor, internationally acclaimed playwright and director Maria Irene Fornes. He has the unique and distinct honor of being a member of the original writers in the Fornes’ playwright residency program at INTAR in NYC. He worked with Fornes as both a writer and actor. He has been directed by her in her plays in New York, Los Angeles and Siena, Italy at the Dionysia World Festival. Notably, Fornes also directed Garcia’s play, Dogs, at the West Coast Ensemble Theater in Los Angeles. Garcia is one of two living playwrights whose work Fornes chose to direct.
TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.2
Back: If you could choose a past literary/art/music movement to be a part of, which would you choose?
I’d choose La Residencia during the time Lorca, Dali and Bunuel resided there. La Resdencia was founded in Madrid in 1910 and was a hub for scientific and artistic work, and exchange in Madrid through 1936. (It was a residency that complemented the university education by fostering a superior intellectual, and living environment for its students. It strongly encouraged the constant dialogue between Science and the Arts, welcomed the avant-garde ideas from abroad, and became the focal point for spreading modernity in Spain. )
Energy: What fires you up?
Los Angeles: Where is your favorite place in Los Angeles?
Santa Monica Bay.
Where would you take visitors?
To my home and to the beach … all within 18 blocks.
If you could defend the city in one sentence to someone who doubts it, what would you say?
It takes time. Take the time it takes.
Advice: What is the best advice you’ve received?
Let it go.
What is the best advice you can give?
Call your mom.
Aura: How would you describe your energy, style, etc.?
My spirit animals are a wolf and a hawk. I love the idea of community and the freedom to soar.
Room: Where in your home do you work?
I have a studio.
If not in your home, where do you feel most compelled to create?
Get to know Leo Garcia even more at any of the following links:
http://leogarcia.com, http://www.myalienabduction.net, http://highwaysperformance.org https://www.facebook.com/LeoGarcia3, https://twitter.com/_LeoGarcia LeoTV