El Ruco, Chuco, Cholo, Pachuco
A One Man Performance
Written and performed by Pepe Serna
Acclaimed veteran actor, painter, and Master Teacher Pepe Serna and stars in his one-man show titled: “El Ruco, Chuco, Cholo, Pachuco”.
Through his mystical rhymes, The versatile actor takes you on a journey dating back to the pre-Columbian era that includes the legends from beyond. This universal stage propels him into a variety of characters from his past, present and future as he explores his Chicano experience and roots with split-second intensity.
“In this live performance, I want to reach out into the audience and celebrate our unique culture through the arts. I believe each and every one of us is an artist in their own lives.”
Serna’s performance goes in and out of each personality with laser-like clarity, as he jumps from century to century, continent to continent and ranging from the very serious to the comedic. The audience will end up laughing at itself.
“My performance will either give life to the child buried deep inside or reacquaint you with the child within you that begs to be heard. This is an adventure in the joy of your daily life. I perform what I hope to be a bridge to greater understanding from culture to culture and compassion for the soul’s ethnic journey because we really are all members of the same American Family.”
Through this intense and colorful performance Pepe Serna uses brilliant Mexican colors in his work to transport the audience through him onto the stage.
If his performance were a painting, you would experience the bold and vibrant strokes of his brush become his stage through the use of a magical palette of words in English, Spanish, and Calo (Mexican-American Slang). The audience is his subject and is transformed into the painting with him.
El Ruco, Chuco, Cholo, Pachuco
A One Man PERFORMANCE
Veteran actor and Master Teacher Pepe Serna has appeared in more than 100 feature films and 300 television shows. He has also lent his vocal talents to the Fox hit series “The PJ’s.” Serna played the part of Sanchez, who speaks with the aid of a voice box and is the only Hispanic cast member of the zany inner city characters created by Eddie Murphy. Recently, Serna starred in the controversial “Kingpin” on NBC.
Serna is best known for his performances in several motion pictures, most notably “Scarface” with Al Pacino. In fact, the incredible popularity of this film has turned it into a cult classic, and items relating to “Scarface” are now in great demand, as proven recently on E-bay. With this in mind, Serna has created a limited edition art piece-a Scarface Montage incorporating a cast of the infamous “arm,” available only here. Other films for which Serna is best known include “The Rookie” with Clint Eastwood; “American Me” with Edward James Olmos; “Silverado” with Kevin Costner; and the widely recognized Science Fiction classic “Buckaroo Banzi.”
The actor has also had the distinct honor of having played Jennifer Lopez’s father in two CBS series: “Second Chances” and “Hotel Malibu” just before her ascent to super stardom.
After many years in front of the cameras, Serna has taken his talents behind the scenes as an associate producer for the widely acclaimed independent film “Luminarias.”
This renaissance man of the millenium is also an accomplished artist, who began painting with the encouragement of his wife Diane, whom he met in 1969. His paintings reflect the vibrant and tropical colors of Mexico, and his artwork hangs in galleries and in the homes of art aficionados throughout the Southwest. He was recently commissioned by the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project and the Mark Taper Foundation to paint an inspirational canvas on the subject of reading. It was turned into a poster and given to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Serna was discovered by the legendary producer Hal Wallis, who also discovered other young talents like Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Elvis Presley. Serna has been honored by the Screen Actors Guild Heritage Achievement Award; the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the prestigious Estrella Award for Arts & Culture from the Orange Country Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Serna resides in Newport Beach, California with his wife Diane, who he calls both his critical eye and his inspiration.
- Las Voces