A Weekend with Pablo Picasso

Herbert Siguenza returns to L.A. in a new solo play at LATC, Mar 25th - May 1st

Published on LatinoLA: March 23, 2011

A Weekend with Pablo Picasso

A Weekend with Pablo Picasso .......... WEST COAST PREMIERE !!! a NEW ONE-MAN PLAY written & performed by Herbert Siguenza

"Colorful ... Boundless energy, exuberance ... Ingenious" ..... Houston Chronicle

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3 min preview of the play, including discussion by Herbert Siguenza & director Todd Salovey

Herbert Siguenza on NPR discussing the creation of his NEW & 1st SOLO play

Herbert Siguenza visting KPFK Pocho Hour of Power promoting the play

Directed by Todd Salovey - Produced by The Latino Theater Company
at The Los Angeles Theater Center / Presented by The Alley Theatre
Thur - Sat @ 8 PM & Sun @ 2 PM
info: thelatc.org / 1-866-811-4111 Tickets: $35

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Acclaimed actor-writer Herbert Siguenza (of Culture Clash) returns to Los Angeles with his FIRST one man show. Siguenza brings his virtuosic writing, acting and painting skills into Picasso's private studio, "Le Californie" on the coast of France in 1957 for an intimate and revealing weekend into the creative mind and work of one of the most inspiring artists of modern history. Picasso's controversial and flamboyant opinions and creations gripped the public imagination and forever changed 20th century art history. This play explores Picasso's proclamations about ambition, destruction, creativity, love and art as an agent of social change.

Picasso was the first rock star artist. His wild creations gripped the public imagination and forever changed 20th century art. He enraged and engaged the intelligentsia with his flamboyant and controversial opinions. Picasso said, "How can anyone enter into my dreams, my instincts, my desires, my thoughts and grasp from them what I have been about?" Siguenza will attempt such an "entrance," sharing Picasso's proclamations about children, war, creativity, ambition, destruction, cubism, God, love, hate, beauty, friendship, patriotism, eternity, and art as an agent of social change.

Herbert returns to the LATC having previously last appeared with Culture Clash for their 15th Anniversary. Additional work by Herbert includes his play "Cantinflas!," a tribute to Mexico's greatest film star, Siguenza is a founding member of Culture Clash, who in May will celebrate their 27th anniversary as the most prominent Chicano/Latino performance troupe in the country. Their work has been produced by the nation's leading regional theaters including the Mark Taper Forum, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, among others.

Along with partners Richard Montoya and Ric Salinas, Siguenza has performed and/or co-written: The Mission, A Bowl of Beings, S.O.S.-Comedy for These Urgent Times, Unplugged, Capra Clash, Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami, Bordertown, The Birds, Nuyorican Stories, Anthology, Mission Magic Mystery Tour, Anthems: Culture Clash in the District, Chavez Ravine, Senor Discretion Himself, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, Zorro in Hell, Water & Power, and Peace and Palestine New Mexico. Herbert has a BFA in printmaking from the California College of Arts, Oakland. He wrote Private Eddie U.S.A. for the youth CAL-ARTS program at the Redcat Theatre, and last year, he co-wrote and directed Lost and Found with students at UC Irvine theater department. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. He is currently teaching and directing at UC Irvine and is a mayor-appointed Commissioner for the city of Los Angeles. He dedicates this production to Samantha Hernandez for her love and support.

TODD SALOVEY (Director) directed the San Diego Repertory Theatre's workshop production of A Weekend With Pablo Picasso. He is currently in his 21st season as the REP's associate artistic director. Mr. Salovey has directed many acclaimed REP shows including The Road to Mecca, Doubt, The Blessing of a Broken Heart, which he also adapted, Brooklyn Boy, the world premiere of Yehuda Hyman's The Mad Dancers, Hamlet starring Jefferson Mays, Uncle Vanya and Death of a Salesman starring Michael Genovese, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, King Lear, The Illusion, Uncle Vanya, The Dybbuk, The Imaginary Invalid, Three Hotels, and A Christmas Carol. His REP productions have won numerous local and regional critical awards. He is on the acting faculty at the University of California, San Diego, where he has directed Six Characters in Search of an Author and Stage Door. Mr. Salovey is the artistic director of the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, which commissions new work exploring Jewish traditions in contemporary artistic forms. Todd has served as producer, and/or casting director for many REP shows including those directed by Luis Valdez, Anne Bogart, Irene Fornes, Randal Myler, and San Francisco Mime Troupe.

The mission of the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), is to provide a world-class arts center for those pursuing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; a place where the convergence of people, cultures, and ideas contribute to the future.

The Los Angeles Theatre Center is a facility of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and is operated by the Latino Theater Company.

The Latino Theater Company has demonstrated over 23 years of commitment to creating and producing some of the most exciting main stage theater in the Los Angeles area. Founded in 1985 by current Artistic Director, Jose Luis Valenzuela, under the auspices of the former Los Angeles Theatre Center, and known then as the Latino Theater Lab, the company began its legacy of producing memorable work. Examples include: August 29th, Stone Wedding, Roosters, The Promise, La Victima, and Noche de Risa y Susto or Die Laughing, a Day of the Dead fundraising celebration. The Company also created the New Voices Playwriting Series that commissioned many playwrights including Octavio Solis, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Cherrie Moraga, and Milcha Sanchez-Scott.

In 1991, the Latino Theater Company took residency at the Mark Taper Forum where Jose Luis Valenzuela created the Latino Theater Initiative. While at the Taper, there was a historic run of Latino plays including Carpa Clash by Culture Clash, Luis Valdez's Bandido, and Eduardo Machado's Floating Islands. In 1995, the company's search for a more direct way of serving the Latino community resulted in the group's move to Plaza de La Raza in East LA, where the company offered its first full season. A subsequent move back to the Los Angeles Theatre Center for a production of Luminarias was followed by the award winning feature-film adaptation, that starred Cheech Marin, Scott Bakula, Lupe Ontiveros, and several Latino Theater Company members.

For the last seven years, the Latino Theater Company offered their production of the Spanish language pageant play, La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin, free to the public at the downtown Los Angeles Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The play has become an annual holiday tradition, increasing access to the arts for low-income, working class families in Los Angeles.

In 2003, the Latino Theater Company's production, Dementia, garnered the prestigious GLAAD Award for Outstanding Theater Production in Los Angeles as well as four Ovation Award nominations in the mid-size theater category. In the same year, the Latino Theater Company incorporated 21 young theater artists to form the Latino Theater Lab. The Latino Theater Lab presented two works: the movement piece War, in 2003, and Melancholia, in 2005.

In January 2006, the Latino Theater Company was awarded a 20-year lease for the Los Angeles Theatre Center from the City of Los Angeles and received a $4 million grant from the California Cultural and Historic Endowment to refurbish the building.

Visit the Latino Theater Company Web site | www.latinotheater.com
Artistic Director | Jose Luis Valenzuela

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