“I started doing this show when I was in graduate school at Florida International University, in the Student Union, back in 2011. They donated the space to me. It was an amazing experience and I decided to push it forward. I tell the story of where I was as a child, where I am now and how I got there—the pitfalls, the few ups and the many downs, and my eventual resolve to tap into my inner resilience to change my life. I came from the gutters of New York City, the child of a convoluted neighborhood and a felonious family. I grew up during the Vietnam War and returning vets brought drugs home with them that infiltrated our whole neighborhood. The first positive thing that happened in my life was having a teacher tell my mom that I was gifted. I even skipped grades from the 6th to the 8th. Later, in high school, I became a basketball star and received a full four-year athletic scholarship to Syracuse University. That should have been my path to salvation, but it didn’t quite work that way. I was still a child of the gutter and eventually, I got pulled right back into that world of convolution and addiction. This show focuses mainly on the path I eventually followed that led me to get a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Social Engineering, a book and an option from Showtime Films. Of course, there is more to this. You’ll just have to come out and see it. Then we can talk.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM).