Culture Clash Comes Home

New production takes on history of Chavez Ravine

Published on LatinoLA: May 11, 2003

Culture Clash Comes Home

Ground-breaking Latino comedy troupe Culture Clash ? Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza ? will perform ?Chavez Ravine? along with (in alphabetical order) John Avila, Eileen Galindo, Randy Rodarte and Scott Rodarte. The director is Lisa Peterson. The scenic design for ?Chavez Ravine? is by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Christopher Acebo, lighting design by Anne Militello and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier. John Avila is the music director/arranger.

Previews for the world premiere begin May 17 with opening set for May 30; performances continue through July 6.

Culture Clash steps back in time to explore the small, tight-knit community that once existed in the area near downtown Los Angeles known as Chavez Ravine: the families that built it, the idealists that attempted to transform it into a modern urban housing project and the ?Red Scare? that squashed their utopian dreams. As rookie phenomenon Fernando Valenzuela takes the mound for the 1981 season opener at Dodger Stadium, the history of Chavez Ravine and the primarily Latino communities of Loma, Palo Verde and Bishop begins to reveal itself.

With their trademark satire and irreverent wit, Culture Clash uncovers the events and decisions that transformed these pastoral neighborhoods: from the razing of tradition-rich family homes to make way for a promised but failed urban housing project to the eventual creation of a grand stadium where the crowd?s roar of ?Fernando! Fernando!? re-unites a community.

Since 1984, Culture Clash has performed all over the country at major resident theatres and performing arts centers, and wrote, executive-produced and starred in 30 episodes of the first ever Latino-themed sketch comedy show ?Culture Clash the T.V. Show? for Fox Broadcasting.

?Chavez Ravine? is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for ?Chavez Ravine? are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or on-line at www.TaperAhmanson.com. For groups, please call (213) 972-7231; for the deaf community, information and charge, call TDD (213) 680-4017.

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