Paul Stotts

“De La Guarda” an arts performance play in NYC I’ll never forget! By Paul Stotts

When I was about 13 or 14 years old, my mother, sister, and I took a trip to New York City. We went to visit my second cousin’s, Rick and Heather Uhlig, who happened to live in the heart of Brooklyn”
On one of the days, in between shopping in China town and riding the Staton Island fairy past the Statue of Libery, we visited this small booth that sold last minute 1/2 price tickets to theator shows on and off Broadway. As Rick was looking at the shows that were available that day, (because the availability of shows changed from day to day) he sow one that stuck out.
As Rick spotted a show that was light in light, meaning tickets for that show were available, he blurted out, “I know the one you need to go see,” De La Guarda. I remember asking him “what’s this show all about.” He replied “You’ll have to wait and see, there is no way to explain it.” This left my child mind with extream curiosity.
As we arrived at the theator, we were ushered into this very small room. We were literally sholder to sholder with strangers of other ticket holders. There was no stage, no chairs… nothing basically. I thought to myself, “how exciting could this really be?”
As the lights dimed, slow music started and lights began to dance across the paper that covered the overhead. At this point, I remember thinking how slow and boring the show was. Little did I know, it was about to change and we were all in for a treat.
After several minutes of the slow stuff, in a burst of action, actors ripped through the paper top. The music got loud. A topless women droppd from the ceiling and took someone from the audience into the air. I was austonished! I was 14, I don’t think I ever even remember seeing a topless women until this point.
The performance went on with acrobatical stunts. People were dropping down from ropes and dancing in the air. It was by far one of the most exciting and high energy performances I’ve ever attened.
Several months ago, I ran across an article about this exact play. I found out the title “De La Guarda” was short for “Angel de la guarda” or “Guardian Angel” in Spanish.
I also found out the performance’s opening night was June 16, 1998, and ran through September 12, 2004. The play originated in Argentina before being brought to the United States.
The same creators of this show have a new one out called “Fuerzabruta.” I’d much love to see this one someday, as I’m sure if it’s as much fun as the first, it will be well worth the money.
Seeing this play was by far the most memorible time I had in NYC. I don’t know exactly how plays work once their production time is up, but if this one ever comes back, I would recoment it!
Enjoy your day. I hope you’ve enjoyed my retelling of this arts extravaganza!

Paul Stotts
DOC #93319

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