Written and Performed by Bob Rodriguez.
Part of the Whitefire Theatre’s 2020 Solofest.
Bob Rodriguez has lived a life…that’s for sure.
This autobiographical solo show is his first foray into writing and performing, but the show certainly doesn’t seem amateurish or undeveloped at all. Bob’s authentic and gentle storytelling style belay his adventurous and even slightly dangerous nature.
As a young boy growing up in Oakland, CA, Bob spent a lot of his time taking crazy risks and pushing himself physically. In this show, he explores his need to walk that line and what propelled him to do it time and times again. Together we walk through his life and in his shoes as he flits back and forth through time and finds his way through his own fascinating journey.
As a child, he was drawn to bullfighting, not something every child in Oakland spends his time studying, but Bob is a little different, to say the least! What I loved about his story and this self-directed show is how he manages to make his extraordinary life seem so accessible. As he describes how he feels in the ring with a bull, or how he threw himself of his school gym roof just to see if he could make it to the pool many feet below, or how he would challenge himself to run through traffic just for the thrill, a vivid and compelling picture of a young man lost in his own uniqueness, hiding in a world of sameness and boring, is cunningly revealed.
We are all a mix of our families expectations, our peers’ reflections and a mishmash of influences we can never even know. Bob is one of those magical people who occur within a time and place that don’t quite fit him. He is a kind of unicorn. This play is the story of how he managed to finally know and appreciate himself. It’s a very clever, strange and fascinating portrait of a man who has come to know himself better than most ever do and whose ability to adapt to the world around him while still staying true to himself and his own individuality and to do all that with a smile on his face, is a very big lesson to us all. Bravo!
I’m very interested to see where Bob Rodriguez might take us all next!
The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 91423