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Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Romeo & Juliet


The first time I read Shakespeare as a child I was drawn to it instantly. I didn’t quite understand the work or know anything about it – but that’s what I loved. The words, the cadence, the imagery, the not-knowing, the bleak, the fantasy.
I remember feeling like if I learned about Shakespeare or his work I would be smarter, sophisticated, people would respect me, and I wouldn’t be just some knucklehead Hispanic kid.
I never did though – learn all about him, or read/act in one of his plays, but still feel he and his approach to language was a big inspiration to me and my writings.


Years later in 2006, after performing my first one-man show “Insanity Isn’t”, Justin Macdonnell​, a great man I have immense respect for, came up to me and said, in his Australian accent, “You, young sir, are amazing – and a Shakespearian actor at that. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next thing I saw you in was King Lear!”

I didn’t know what or who or when King Lear was, but I didn’t care. I never had the privilege of going to school for theater, performance, ensemble, improvisation, acting, writing etc – and throughout the years have had a hard time calling myself a practitioner of any of those crafts because of it. So, Justin saying this to me was a big deal. I felt accepted, sophisticated, respected.


But, after 11 years of experience in the theater, numerous shows under my belt, 3 of those being my own one-man shows, I still had never been in or performed a Shakespearian pl ay/monologue. Until this past weekend when my Shakespearian cherry was popped by some of my best friends, friends, and new friends – and I couldn’t have asked for a better first time.


One of my best friends, Tarell Alvin McCraney​ just happens to be one of the best playwrights in the land. Don’t know him? You’re stupid.

And he casted me in the first play I ever saw from Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
And I got to play Tybalt, who was my favorite character from the Baz Luhrmann movie version, because I was a John Leguizamo fan as a kid.

And I got to perform it in Miami.

Under the sunset.
Under the stars.
In the round. (To the hip hop heads, that means in a cypher, yo).

And I got to perform it with the most fucking talented cast ever.
Like fuck! Serious.
It didn’t rain.
700 plus people showed up.
People were touched.

And I got my Shakespearian on for the first time ever.


So thank you.

Thank you for trusting me.
Thank you for being you.
Thank you for letting me be me with you.

Pardon my monkey thumbs,

-Rudi (Writer/Actor)


Soot Ep

My new instrumental Ep, Soot is here…

Soot Ep

Download your copy now.

“Soot” is great for waiting at airports, road trips, the nude beach, drawing, painting, and bbq’s.

It was inspired by us, nothing but dust in the universe – dreams living inside machines just waiting to disperse.

Artwork by my 5yr old nephew, Isee.

Get it – it’s tasty.


Tres Ep

My new instrumental Ep, Tres is here….

TRES_Rudi Goblen

Download your copy now.

TRES is full of love for your ears and is great for traveling, contemplating choices you have yet to make, and awkward silent moments. All songs were created after a long stroll on a short boardwalk made out of the 11th planet’s remains.

Get it – it’s delicious.


Ring the Liberty Bell…

I’m going back to you, Philly!

Call Will Smith, Rocky Balboa, and tell South Street to get my vegan/gluten free steak and cheese, minus the Cheez Whiz ready.

We, the RHDT Company have been rehearsing for you – and will be inside you from January 15-17 in the Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Get tickets ===> HERE

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See this?

Screenshot 2014-06-10 11.10.03See the cover of this program? See the picture of the hairy, chinky Latino screaming, that kind of looks like a caveman, and kind of like a monkey too?

Well, people think that guy is Cuban, Dominican, Jamaican, Brazilian, or Puerto Rican. He isn’t – he’s Nicaraguan – and that Nicaraguan is me – during a performance of my one-man show PET.

The month of May celebrated the one-year anniversary of that show’s premiere. So, I would like to thank everyone that came out to catch all the shows, and/or supported in any way. I would also like to thank the people that came out to see an excerpt of PET the other weekend, as part of the Design District’s new Site-Specific Performance Series.

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