Culture Clash’s Bordertown Now Culture Clash’s Bordertown Now

Culture Clash’s Bordertown Now  | 

May 30 — June 24
Twenty years after their searing hit Bordertown premiered, the Playhouse sends LA’s very own Culture Clash back to the border to investigate. Re-imagined, remixed and fully reloaded, Bordertown Now is an irreverent sometimes hilarious exploration of the regions and people at the center of one of America’s most hot-button and controversial issues. Energized with new material ripped from the headlines and developed and directed by Obie award-winning Diane Rodriguez, the nation’s premier Chicano/Latino performance trio continues to redefine the boundaries of theater and break down the divisions between cultures.

By Culture Clash: Ric Salinas & Herbert Sigüenza with new material by Richard Montoya

Directed by Diane Rodriguez

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Twenty years after their searing hit Bordertown premiered, the Playhouse sends LA’s very own Culture Clash back to the border to investigate. Re-imagined, remixed and fully reloaded, Bordertown Now is an irreverent sometimes hilarious exploration of the regions and people at the center of one of America’s most hot-button and controversial issues. Energized with new material ripped from the headlines and developed and directed by Obie award-winning Diane Rodriguez, the nation’s premier Chicano/Latino performance trio continues to redefine the boundaries of theater and break down the divisions between cultures.

Creative Team

Culture Clash

A Chicano/Latino performance troupe comprised of writer-comedians Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza. Their work ranges from comedic sketches to full-length plays and screenplays that feature political and social satire. Their works have been collected in two volumes: Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy and Culture Clash in AmeriCCa: Four Plays. Their papers are housed at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Oviatt Library.

Diane Rodriguez (Director)

Diane Rodriguez is an Off-Broadway, Obie Award-winning theater artist. In the 2016-2017 Los Angeles Theatre Center season, Diane wrote and directed the world premiere of The Sweetheart Deal which was developed by New Harmony in Indiana, the Atlantic Theatre’s Latino Mix Fest in NYC and the Black Swan Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The production was part of El Fuego, a project and initiative of the Latinx Theatre Commons.  She has directed for Playwright’s Arena Erik Patterson’s world premiere production SICK (Best Director Nomination LA Weekly Awards) as well as for East West Players, Cornerstone Theater Company, Southcoast Repertory, the Fountain Theatre, Center Theatre Group, the Odyssey Theatre, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA, Mixed Blood in Minneapolis, Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix (Two Best Director Nominations, Arizona Theatre Awards), Borderlands Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Victory Gardens in Chicago, among others. She directed the premiere production of her play Living Large in 2012 for Teatro Luna in Chicago. She served on the TCG Board for eight years and was president for three. She is Associate Artistic Director at Center Theatre Group, and was appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Arts – a body that advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and was chosen for the 2016 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Denham Fellowship for women directors for her production of The Sweetheart Deal.

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