By Culture Clash
A La Jolla Playhouse Commission
June – October 2020
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The iconic Culture Clash offers 10-minute doses of levity, poetics and payasadas (clowning), from their homes and streets of SoCal and beyond, courtesy of the Chicano/Latinx Performance Trio, Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza. Watch them chronicle the isolation, joys and gut wrenching response to protests on the nation’s streets against police brutality as they stand in fierce support for Black Lives Matter. Their fake news exists in a pandemic-ready format and can be very real. The Totally Fake Latino News with Culture Clash is part of La Jolla Playhouse’s acclaimed Digital Without Walls (WOW) program.
Culture Clash celebrated their 36th anniversary in the 2019/2020 season with both new and vintage works for the stages of Berkeley Repertory Theater, Victory Gardens, South Coast Rep, Getty Villa and Pasadena Playhouse. Their works swing wildly from satire to social realism and whiplash back to drama with gleeful abandon. Greek adaptations co-mingle with landmark historical looks at Los Angeles and the Southwest…
Culture Clash completed a book for Frank Loesser’s long-lost musical Señor Discretion Himself and donned masks, swords and stretchy pants for La Jolla Playhouse audiences in Zorro In Hell!. Founded in 1984 on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo when Mexican Troops drove the French out of Chula Vista!) in San Francisco’s historic Mission District, Culture Clash is Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas and Herbert Siguenza. Works for the national stage lays include the award-winning Water & Power (LA Drama Critics Circle Award), Chavez Ravine, Bordertown, Culture Clash (Still) in America and American Night: The Ballad of Juan José (2010), selected to launch OSF’s American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle. The accomplished actors, scholars and book authors have appeared in Nacho Libre, COCO and Encino Man! The Holy Mother Trinity of LatinX film! Gracias LJP and to a World Without Walls! SALUD!
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