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Culture Clash in AmeriCCa

20 years of sketch comedy, docu-theatre, and subversion on stage, beginning August 18

Published on LatinoLA: July 19, 2004


Culture Clash in AmeriCCa


The mercurial talents of Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza joined forces to form Culture Clash on Cinco de Mayo, 1984, in San Francisco?s Mission District. During the subsequent 20 years, Culture Clash has become the most prominent Chicano-Latino performance troupe in the country.

Their work has encompassed sketch comedy, ?docu-theatre,? adaptation of classical drama (Aristophanes) and co-writing the book for Frank Loesser?s last musical, Senor Discretion Himself, which had its world premiere at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. With only three members, they have managed to achieve a nearly impossible balance, maintaining a consistent and recognizable voice while keeping their work fresh, innovative and timely.

Returning to Los Angeles for the first time since last year?s smash hit Chavez Ravine at the Mark Taper Forum and in celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Culture Clash is bringing their current high-powered national touring show, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, to Hollywood?s historic Assistance League Playhouse for 12 performances only, beginning Wednesday, August 18 at 8 p.m.

For the past several years, Culture Clash has been focusing on site-specific theatre, weaving personal narratives culled from real-life interviews, into an ongoing dramatic tapestry. Theatre companies from Miami to San Diego and from New York to San Francisco have commissioned Culture Clash to create performance pieces specifically for their cities.

Their current touring show, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, directed by Tony Taccone, is a compilation of the last five site-specific plays covering 1995-2002. Since 1995, the members of Culture Clash have been commissioned to create insightful works about five completely different American cities: Miami, the San Diego/Tijuana Border, New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Culture Clash in AmeriCCA weaves narratives from critically acclaimed Radio Mambo (Miami); Bordertown (San Diego, Tijuana); Nuyorican Stories (New York); Mission Magic (San Francisco); and Anthems (Washington, D.C.). ?In these stage works, Montoya, Salinas and Siguenza they have developed a comic approach that examines cultures in flux and opposition, driven by an imperative to give voice to those who are largely unheard in America,? affirms Tony Taccone, Artistic Director, Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

These assemblages invite a deeper examination of who we are today. Their portraits of America celebrate and lampoon our national character. Culture Clash at once honors these alternative voices from the edge of AmeriCCa and debunks our self-evident truths, and they expertly hold up a fun-house mirror to our body politic.

Much like the great performers from early vaudeville, the members of Culture Clash are personalities that radiate beyond their considerable abilities at impersonation, physicality and satire. Salinas, Montoya and Siguenza possess an intangible element of personality that infuses their work whether it is working on stage, in concert or on television, where the ensemble set a milestone for Latinos. In 1994, Culture Clash filmed 30 episodes of Culture Clash the TV show for Fox, the first variety TV show with Latino themes, produced, written and performed by Chicano/Latinos.

Prior to producing a full-length run in Los Angeles (TBA), Culture Clash and C. Raul Espinoza are producing a special 12-performance 20th Anniversary preview of Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, beginning Wednesday August 18 through Sunday, August 29, at the Assistance League Playhouse, located at 1367 N. St. Andrews Place in Hollywood. The number to call for tickets and information is 800-595-4TIX (4849).

Returning to Los Angeles for the first time since last year?s smash hit Chavez Ravine at the Mark Taper Forum and in celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Culture Clash is bringing their current high-powered national touring show, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, to Hollywood?s historic Assistance League Playhouse for 12 performances only, beginning Wednesday, August 18 at 8 p.m.

THEATRE:
Assistance League Theatre
1367 N. St. Andrews Place
Los Angeles, California 90028

Ample Street and FREE Parking

PERFORMANCES ? 12 TOTAL
Wednesday August 18 @ 8:00 PM
Thursday August 19 @ 8:00 PM
Friday August 20 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday August 21 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday August 22 @ 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Wednesday August 25 @ 8:00 PM
Thursday August 26 @ 8:00 PM
Friday August 27 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday August 28 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday August 29 @ 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM


PRICE FOR PERFORMANCES
$30/$25/$18


TO BUY TICKETS Only available for purchase via Internet or call center
On-line: www.cultureclash.com (cheapest way to purchase)
24/7 phone line: 800-595-4TIX (4849) (higher fee for calling)






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