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La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: John Leguizamo

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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: John Leguizamo
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LP 212

Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Comedian and actor John Leguizamo (Son of Sam, Mambo Mouth, Regarding Henry, Ice Age) stopped into WGBH’s Studio A to tape a half-hour “Conversations with Ilan Stavans" for La Plaza. Leguizamo, one of the most talked about stars of Hollywood and Broadway, spoke of Latino humor, Hollywood directors, the difference between the stage and screen, and about growing up in Queens, “the ultimate melting least according to New York Magazine," says Leguizamo. Leguizamo’s appearance was a coordinated effort between La Plaza and Broadway in Boston, who is featuring Leguizamo’s latest show, Sexaholix, at the Colonial Theater in their 2002 line-up.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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