Eight Tales of Pedro is a show I had to give myself permission to write. When introduced to the folk tales of Pedro Urdamales and Juan Bobo, I fell in love and wanted to adapt them for the stage. Over the years, as I’ve looked into my own heritage - with a grandfather from Mexico and another from Honduras - and I’ve sought to find a connection. I knew that I wanted to tell these stories but I couldn’t say why. Not to anyone else, and certainly not to myself.
I was raised in the Southern California suburbs of West Covina. I never learned Spanish. I have trouble rolling my Rs. People hear “Garcia” and expect something of me that I don't live up to. It's something that always bothered me.
But it also gave me my own "writer's journey" to go on as I wrote this piece. It's important, I think, to go on a writer's journey when I embark on something new. Why am I writing this? Why now?
Just a little shot of me being a reenactor on the Deadliest Decade. I was on set the day before being a gambler when one of their actors dropped out for the following day. One of the directors come over and they asked me to come back to play a teacher. Right place right time for a quick little gig.