The new play by L.A.’s premiere Chicano performance group, Culture Clash, molds an intensely personal story into galvanizing theatricality. Join us for a discussion of the Culture Clash creative process that mixes humor and cold fact to unforgettable effect.
Founded on Cinco de Mayo, 1984, in San Francisco's historic Mission District, Culture Clash is Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza. Now based in Los Angeles, the trio uses "performance collage" to bring history, geography, "urban excavation," "forensic poetry" and storytelling together in a contemporary, movable theater narrative through a Chicano point of view – what Guillermo Gomez-Pena describes as "reverse anthropology."
The company has recently completed their cycle of California plays: “Chavez Ravine”, “Zorro in Hell” and “Water & Power.” Culture Clash's theatrical work also includes “The Mission,” “Unplugged,” “Capra Clash,” “Bordertown,” “The Birds,” “Anthology,” “Mission Magic Mystery Tour,” “Señor Discretion Himself,” and “Culture Clash in AmeriCCa.”
Mike Sablone is the Literary Associate at CenterTheatre Group (CTG). He has served as the dramaturg on several world premiere productions, including Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, David Henry Hwang's YELLOW FACE, and Culture Clash’s PALESTINE, NEW MEXICO at CTG; John Belluso's HENRY FLAMETHROWA at Trinity Rep; and Paul Grellong's RADIO FREE EMERSON at the Gamm. Current projects include Matt Sax and Eric Rosen’s hip-hop musical VENICE, Itamar Moses and Michael Friedman’s musical adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, and Greg Marcks’ film adaptation of Lethem’s YOU DON’T LOVE ME YET. He was the dramaturg on the film adaptation of BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, served as Taffy Master for the motion picture THE LOVE LETTER, and is thanked in the credits for the movies 11:14 and ECHELON CONSPIRACY.
Unless otherwise indicated, ALOUD programs take place at the Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.