Russell Pearce Electrocutes Self in Bathtub, Goes Straight to Hell (Um, in New Play)

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Imagine this man with a deep, dark permanent tan...

Damn, I love James Garcia. The Phoenix playwright seems hell-bent on fulfilling my fantasies in his annual American Pastorela productions. Last year, the villain was Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who keels over of a heart attack, and is later tortured in Hades by Adolf Hitler.

Being an atheist, I can't see this ever happening in reality -- the post mortem torture, I mean. But it sure was fun to watch the imaginary payback for Arpaio's numerous nefarious deeds. Hey, life's short. You've got to get your jollies where you can.

This year, state Senate President elect Russell Pearce is the bad guy in American Pastorela: Show Us Your Papers!, which begins a two week run at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center this ThursdaySaturday, December 4. 

Garcia's satirical romp has Pearce, the primary pusher of Arizona's breathing-while-brown legislation SB 1070, taking the same ride to the hot place as Joe. This, after Pearce electrocutes himself in the tub when he drops his electric razor in his bath water.

I know what you're thinking: "Russell Pearce takes baths?" Of course, he does. Every Saturday, I hear, whether he needs one or not.

Pearce makes a deal with El Diablo (you know, a second one), and sets off to prevent the family Hernandez from reaching the birthplace of the Messiah, even though they were granted amnesty under President Ronald Reagan. 

See, it's a Christmas story, a traditional retelling of the shepherds' quest to reach Bethlehem and pay tribute to the Christ child, albeit with a comic twist. Pearce here plays the Grinch, as he's the natural enemy of all Latinos, and determined to deport even the undeportable via unconstitutional legislation.

"Pearce is so easy on a lot of levels," explained Garcia of his choice of the Mesa muttonhead as this year's black hat. "My personal opinion of the man is that he's a bigot. And he's making laws that are ultimately destructive to the state...but beyond that, he's a walking caricature [of himself]."

In other words, for wags such as Garcia, Pearce is the mother lode. The prejudiced pol offers up more material for his detractors than George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and Barack Obama combined.

Other famous folks to be depicted in Garcia's latest include Governor Jan "We Have Did" Brewer, U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Attorney General Terry Goddard, who's invisible. Just like he was during his failed gubernatorial bid.

Worse for Pearce, perhaps, than expiring by way of bathtub execution, is that he will be played by actor Larry Penunuri, who Garcia describes as "a very brown man."

Reminds me of that famous Dave Chappelle sketch where Chappelle plays a blind, African-American KKK member who is unaware that he's black. Heh. Someone should send Pearce free tickets, just so we can watch his head explode.

(For details on tickets and showtimes for the production, click, here.)


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well, I guess nobody looks to arizona for arts and culture anyway.

please let us all know when our local artistic idea factories comeup with something that doesn't have to do with the sheriff or senator.

Fuck You Pearce
Fuck You Pearce

When I look at a piece of human shit like Russell Pearce it makes me regret having been born Caucasian. Pearce is a "white-man", and too often they are confused as Caucasian,I am not like him. I choose to honor my ethnic heritage by being a person who does for himself, never whining about life's problems or blaming a person of a different culture for whatever societal shortcomings are to be dealt with.People like Pearce have tried to get me to be a "hater", by promoting the non-sense that my whiteness makes me favored by God and I am fortunate for that reason. And so I should spend time talking shit about other races. It is childish crap like that that make me hate white people. And if there is a God, which I doubt< I'd hate his ass too.FUCK YOU Pearce.

Coz
Coz

"Russell Pearce Electrocutes Self"

Damm, saw the title and said VERY COOL...bummer it isn't true though.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

My thought when reading the title was, "Not another rectal foreign body story."

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I saw the title of this during a daily google search. I thought about the word "karma"

but, alas, not literallly.

:-(

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Last years play included Stephen Lemons (the character) forced to make a decision on giving Sheriff Joe mouth to mouth. It was great.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

(1) I will gladly purchase the tickets for pearce. (2) The 4th of December this year is shown to be a Saturday, not Thursday. (3) peace is indeed the demigod (a mythological being who is partly divine and partly human; an inferior deity) of the Republican Party in Airy Zona.

The headline got me. A flicker of hope was quickly dashed. I've been in an overly somber mood ever since. Pensive and apathetic at the same time. It's not fair to tease us like that.

Coz
Coz

Of course if it was true, the only thing that could make it better is if Pearce and Arpaio were taking a bath together when it did happen.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I can't imagine there would be need for pause to consider a decision, Dennis. But, it may be that the Lemons character was a good enough actor to make it appear someone might actually still have feelings for the Old Goat.

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