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The Spotlight: Carlo Albán in 'Intringulis'

November 17, 2010 |  8:30 am

Sesame As a teen, Carlo Albán was hiding in plain sight. He appeared as part of the “Sesame Street” ensemble from 1993 to 1997, but was also an illegal alien. The story of Albans’ double life is subject of his new one-man show with music, “Intringulis,” now running at the Lillian Theatre as part of LAByrinth Theater’s partnership with Elephant Theatre Company.

Every door opened wide on Sesame’s sunny street, but Albán’s Ecuadoran family struggled for 12 years to achieve citizenship. “The actual process of becoming legal is not cut and dry,” explains Albán. “It takes a long time. The media rages about ‘illegal immigrants’ but the rhetoric doesn’t reflect the reality. It’s difficult for everyone, even lawmakers trying to reform the system.”

As for blowing the lid off the real reason Oscar’s so grouchy? You’ll just have to show up and find out in person. 

-- Charlotte Stoudt

At the Lillian Theatre through Dec. 8.  

Photo: Carlo Albán and friend, circa 1994. Credit: Miryam Albán.