Indians in a Box: Little Big Joe The Bug Squasher

solo performance · native voices at the autry · Ages 14+ · United States of America

one person show
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JESSICA ORDON certified reviewer June 08, 2015
This is an incredible show, both well-written and beautifully performed. Joseph Valdez is onstage, WORKING IT, for an hour nonstop– his focus is absolutely unbreakable and his energy is unbelievable. He takes us into the boyish and humorous world of rambunctious, imaginative child Little Big Joe; he brings us out through a story about living with substance abuse and addiction, told from a child's perspective. What do you do when the bugs start to close in? Get out your He-Man sword and your boots and kick ass! This show is brilliant, devastating, and an utter must-see. ... full review
ADRIEANNE PEREZ certified reviewer June 09, 2015
Wow, well where do I begin?! Joseph Valdez shines in his one man show about a little boy's adventures through his apartment complex. With the help of his vivid imagination he is able to battle the evil bugs and rise above the darkness. His wonderfully crafted writing and storytelling takes you on a powerful journey with the help of beautifully woven comedic timing and dramatic moments that land at the right time- chalk full of heart, this show is not only compelling but inspiring to watch. Valdez's show will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don't miss Little Big Joe The Bug Squasher! ... full review
ANDREW ROA certified reviewer June 17, 2015
Great script. Great energy. Masterfully performed. Best hour of theatre I have experienced in a long time. Andrew... full review
DIANE KENNEY certified reviewer June 18, 2015
A one hour, single voice presentation that blew me away! Writer/performer Joseph Valdez keeps you in the palm of his hand and captures you in his line of vision as scene after scene of a young boy's true but fantacized relationship to his mom, dad, a couple of bullies, his wagon and a young female appear quickly before you, spin quickly into the next scene and move into an intentional and integrated story. I was exhausted, thought there was no possible resolution, and then, and then! A magnificent hour, I left with a huge grin.... full review
KYLA GARCIA certified reviewer June 22, 2015
tagged as: amazing · GO SEE IT · solo · Brave · Great Acting
This show broke my heart open. Joseph Valdez's writing is extraordinary and his performance is incredible. The energy soars from the very first line to the beautiful ending. Told from the perspective of a brave little boy's imagination, little Joe takes you into his world like an electric bolt of lightening. It was so much fun to see him battle the bullies of his apartment complex accompanied by his beloved cookie monster wagon. I was reminded of being a child and how much bigger the world seems to you when you are so small. How the pain is magnified when someone hurts your feelings or lets you down...or even worse..when you disappoint your parents. But, Little Joe's bravery is fueled by his fears of letting the bugs in..."Once one g... full review