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Culture Clash

This past year marks the company’s thirtieth year anniversary as the most prominent  Chicano/Latino performance troupe in the country, with work ranging from  sketch comedy to drama, to adaptations of Aristophanes, to co-writing Frank  Loesser's long lost musical Señor Discretion Himself based on a story by the late  Budd  Schulberg. Founded in 1984 on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) in San Francisco's  historic Mission District, Culture Clash is Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and  Herbert Siguenza.

This prolific group most recent plays include: American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Ashland, Oregon. This play was  selected to launch American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, along  with other writers, David Henry Hwang, Suzan-Lori Parks, Naomi Wallace, and  Robert Schenkkan. Peace at the Getty Villa; Palestine, New Mexico at the  Mark Taper Forum; Culture Clash in AmeriCCa at venues throughout the U.S. Chavez Ravine Revival was performed in Spring 2015 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in LA for Center Theater Group.

New Works and commissions include collaborations with Campo Santo, Centre Theatre Group, and solo performer Roger Guenveur Smith. Their videos, short films, and art exhibits have been shown at The Smithsonian, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Sundance Film Festival, The San Juan, Puerto Rico Film and Video Festival, The Art Institute of Boston, The Palm Springs Film Festival, and The Los Angeles Film Festival, among others. 

Culture Clash
Essay

Culture Clash

Thirty Years and Counting

29 May 2015

Jamie Gahlon interviews Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza, now marking their thirtieth year as ensemble Culture Clash.

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