Culture Clash in America goes for hilarious, provocative comedy
SAN DIEGO -- Change has come to America and the ensemble of writers and actors from Culture Clash in America, are here to show audiences the intimate details of a more perfect union.
For more than two decades, this troupe has practiced the art of theatrical-social anthropology by digging deep into America’s culture to formulate their outrageous brand of “performance collage.”
The troupe will entertain Feb. 18 to March 7 at the Lyceum Theatre with their comedic, dramatic and entirely outside-of-the-box performance.
As in all of their memorable comedic sketches, the characters in Culture Clash in America are adapted from real interviews with people from across the U.S. who live radically diverse lives. The troupe’s signature use of satire, vaudeville, mime and spoken word dramatizes the voices of the socially invisible and the new Americans, offering a fresh examination of cultures in flux.
From Cuban exiles and Haitian immigrants in Miami, to a Puerto Rican political activist in Manhattan, to commies and dot-commers rubbing elbows in San Francisco’s Mission District, to expatriates in Tijuana and Ugandan cab drivers in San Diego, these are unforgettable characters who leave audiences gasping, laughing and cheering.
Those who have seen earlier versions of this work will likely be astonished at the maturity, depth, insight and breadth of their vision of America in the 21st century. New interviews with people from Miami, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, San Diego and Tijuana, have been intertwined into the original performance that debuted in San Diego nine years ago.
Culture Clash has raised its artistry to a masterful level that makes this work of theatre a stunning expression of American desires, inclusion, irony and diversity.
About Culture Clash
Culture Clash was founded in 1984 by Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza. The group has become the country’s most popular Chicano/Latino performance troupe, with work ranging from sketch comedy to an adaptation of Aristophanes, to full length plays such as Chavez Ravine.
Culture Clash’s most notable productions include 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, Zorro in Hell and Water & Power.
The Lyceum Theatre invites audience members to also attend the one-of-a-kind experiences below before or after each performance at no additional cost. Scholars, artists and unforgettable personalities will offer incredible insight aimed at enhancing the performance’s experience.
Talkin’ Theatre with Todd
Thursday, Feb. 18 – After the evening’s performance, Culture Clash’s founding performer/writers Montoya, Siguenza and Salinas join REP associate artistic director Todd Salovey for a in-depth chat about their 25-year history, their work and culture.
Culture Shock at Culture Clash
Saturday, Feb. 20 – Before the evening show, the Culture Shock dance group will take the stage with their groundbreaking hip-hop moves. The dance troupe strives to offer children an alternative to street life by providing a rewarding activity, instilling confidence, and creating a positive and accepting environment where they can flourish.
Intimate Chat with Richard Montoya
Tuesday, Feb. – Before the performance, meet Montoya. His writing has become a hallmark of Culture Clash’s growing 25-year vision. Montoya’s play, "Water & Power," was a highlight of the REP’s 2008–09 season, and his newest work, "Palestine, New Mexico," was recently staged at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Montoya will share his ideas about plays, politics, California, and how he and the Clash continue to change the face of American theatre.
“I Am …”
Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Before the show, high school students from the San Diego region will present short performance pieces that reflect how their cultures and backgrounds have shaped the people they are and are becoming.
For a complete list of events and ticket information, visit the theater's website.