John Leguizamo Plays At Least 36 Parts in His One-Man Show Freak and, Oh, Boy-Can Multiple-Personality Acting Wreak Havoc on the

John Leguizamo has the answers to your questions. They are printed in 36-point sans serif type on 20 or so 8-by-4-inch laminated flashcards. The actor has been using the flashcards since Jan. 20 when he began previews for Freak , his latest one-man show at the Cort Theater. The production requires that Mr. Leguizamo slip in and out of the vocal idiosyncrasies of some three dozen different characters, a feat that, he explained via e-mail (routed through his publicist), is like “exhibiting a far-gone case of schizophrenia” and makes his throat hurt “like a motherfucker.”

In order to preserve his instrument until Freak ‘s run ends on July 4, Mr. Leguizamo’s doctor ordered him not to talk in between performances, so the actor has learned to communicate via sign language (which his girlfriend has learned for the occasion), a blackboard and the flashcards. Mr. Leguizamo said that he had used flashcards to protect his voice in his previous theatrical outings, Mambo Mouth and Spic-O-Rama , but now he claimed, “I’ve perfected the art.” Although Mr. Leguizamo occasionally adds new responses, he said that some 17 phrases are sufficient to answer “what the average person thinks” to ask him. “Wise guys,” he transmitted, are given a “knowing look.”

Mr. Leguizamo said that he has used the “Fuck Me! Eat Me! Bite Me!” card on his director, David Bar Katz. The “When Are We Gonna Have Sex?” question is “for my girlfriend. I just like to know the specific time,” he said. “Is it going to be 10:30 exactly or is it going to be closer to 11?” Finally, the “I’m the Latin From Manhattan Lovin’ Ya Like Satin” card gets pulled out, said Mr. Leguizamo, “when Madonna comes over.”

John Leguizamo Plays At Least 36 Parts in His One-Man Show Freak and, Oh, Boy-Can Multiple-Personality Acting Wreak Havoc on the