La Jolla Playhouse
in association with San Diego Repertory Theatre
presents a Without Walls production
June 14 - June 29
By Herbert Siguenza
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
A FUTURISTIC, SITE-BASED ADAPTATION OF SHAKESPEARE'S HENRY IV, PART 1
Featuring Culture Clash Co-Founder Herbert Siguenza as “Fausto”!
It’s the year 2045 in a huge, run-down metropolis called Aztlan City (formerly San
Diego), where political apathy and corruption run the city while violent barrio families
run the streets. It’s a harsh new world where Hispanics, Mexicans and Chicanos rule as
the majority in this new society abandoned by Anglo America.
When El Hank, the ambitious leader of all the barrios, finds his street kingdom
threatened by El Tomas and his hot-headed son El Bravo, he seeks the help of his brave
and charismatic son El Henry. But El Hank finds his son wrapped up with a bunch of
low-life thieves and drunkards headed by the lazy Fausto.
Written in a unique poetic cadence that mixes urban English and Spanish slang,
and performed outdoors in an urban street environment – this world premiere adaptation
is Shakespeare for the 21st Century.
The cast is highlighted by Kinan Valdez (“El Bravo”) and
Lakin Valdez (“El Henry”), sons of internationally-renowned writer and
director Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit, La Bamba).
Biographies of the cast and creative team can be seen here.
Contains mature content including strong language, violent situations and sexual themes.
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Learn More about El Henry
El Henry is being presented in association with San Diego Repertory Theatre, downtown
San Diego’s resident professional theatre founded in 1976 by Sam Woodhouse and D.W.
Jacobs. As the resident and managing company of the Lyceum Theatre, they produce and
host over 300 events and performances a year.
Herbert Siguenza, who wrote and will be performing in El Henry, is a founding member
of Culture Clash, the country’s most popular Chicano/Latino performance
troupe. Their work ranges from sketch comedy to full-length plays and screenplays that
explore issues of identity, race and community through political and social satire. Past
Culture Clash projects that have been staged at the Playhouse include American Night
and Zorro in Hell.
El Henry’s site-specific performances will be taking place at SILO in Makers
Quarter, the new transformative gathering space in downtown San Diego’s East
Village. It is quickly being established as a year-round event venue to bring
collaborative community and creative culture to this burgeoning neighborhood.
Makers Quarter is located in San Diego and is comprised of
several blocks, spanning 14th Street to 17th Street, Broadway Avenue to G Street,
the five plus block neighborhood in East Village. By creating a centralized live and
work community, Makers Quarter will be an economic generator, where jobs, people and
commercial activities along with the arts, culture and events thrive together in a
self-sustaining community. Makers Quarter embraces – and is implementing – the
principles of the I.D.E.A. District, a powerful conceptual framework for East
Village. Through community events and gathering venues such as the community garden
Smarts Farm and SILO in Makers Quarter, the growth of Makers Quarter will be an
incremental progression that will reflect the community goals of a new neighborhood.
SILO in Makers Quarter is being established as a year round event venue to bring
collaborative community and creative culture to East Village.
Amigos del Rep Presents El Henry Pre-Show Live Art!
Saturday, June 28, 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm at SILO in Makers Quarter
Based off of the themes of El Henry, three local artists will each create a new piece of art live before the show!
Tuesday, June 24 after the 7:30 pm performance
Participate in a facilitated discussion with SD REP Artistic Director/El Henry Director Sam Woodhouse immediately following the performance.
Thursday, June 26, 6:30 pm
La Jolla Playhouse and SD Rep Subscribers are invited to an exclusive subscriber event. Tickets include complimentary valet, a drink ticket and a pre-show chat with La Jolla Playhouse Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, SD REP Artistic Director/El Henry Director Sam Woodhouse and El Henry costume designer Jennifer Brawn Gittings.
El Henry is the first Without Walls (WoW) production to follow La Jolla Playhouse’s
acclaimed Without Walls Festival. Learn more about WoW
- All performances take place at 7:30 pm at SILO in Makers Quarter, 753 15th Street, East Village, San Diego
- Seating is a mix of stadium seating and chairs. All seats are general admission
- Performances take place outdoors after sunset – warm clothing, blankets and
stadium cushions recommended
- Concessions available for purchase
San Diego City College Parking is available in their large parking structure on Broadway with entrances on 15th and 16th Streets with details as follows:
- Available Monday-Friday only and is open for entering cars until 10:00 pm
- Prices are $1/hour or $5/day, CASH ONLY
- There are machines where you can pay for your pass on levels 3, 5 and 7.
Passes must be displayed in the vehicle to be valid
There are other paid lots in the area if you choose to pay by credit card
There is plenty of metered parking around SILO on E,F, and G Streets, and on
all of the numbered streets in the area. Meters stop at 6:00 pm Mon-Sat and
several of them take credit cards. On Sunday, meters are free.
Please note there are Padres home games scheduled for June 18-22 and June 27-30.
If your performance falls on these home game dates, please schedule your travel
time accordingly to accommodate potential traffic and parking availability issues.
ACE Parking is offering complimentary valet outside the entrance to SILO for the following performance dates from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm:
- Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15
- Friday & Saturday, June 20 & 21
- Friday & Saturday, June 27 & 28
There are limited valet spots available; first come, first served. Gratuity not included.
AFTER THE SHOW, JUST FOR OUR PATRONS:
Head over to the Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery, located at 805 16th Street.
Show them your EL HENRY admission bracelet/ticket and receive 20% off your bill!
Herbert Siguenza is a founding member of
Culture Clash, the country’s most prominent Chicano/Latino performance troupe.
The group’s work has been produced by the nation's leading regional theaters,
including the Mark Taper Forum, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Goodman
Theatre in Chicago, among others. Along with partners Richard Montoya and Ric
Salinas, Siguenza has performed and/or co-written: American Night, 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, Culture Clash in
AmeriCCa, Zorro in Hell, Water & Power, Peace and Palestine, New
Mexico. In 2003, Siguenza wrote and starred in Cantinflas! He is
currently touring his one man show A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, which
was developed at the San Diego Rep. He recently performed Big Daddy in Cat
on Hot Tin Roof for the Perseverance Theatre in Alaska.
Sam Woodhouse co-founded San Diego Repertory
Theatre with D.W. Jacobs in 1976, and has since served as its Producing and
Artistic Director. He has worked as a director, producer or actor on more than
250 REP productions. Mr. Woodhouse has performed as an actor on The REP stages
in The Seafarer, in the title role of King Lear, Proof, Hamlet,
and with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Stravinsky’s
L’Histoire du Soldat. His most recent directorial work with The REP
includes: Detroit, Venus in Fur, In the Heights, Federal Jazz Project,
Clybourne Park, The Who’s TOMMY, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Superior
Donuts, Hairspray, boom, The Threepenny Opera and Water & Power.
In 2011 he directed American Night: The Ballad of Juan José for the
Denver Center Theatre Company. In 2003, he was awarded the Patté Shiley Award
for Lifetime Achievement by KPBS and the prestigious Alonzo Award by the
Downtown San Diego Partnership. Mr. Woodhouse is the founder of The REP’s
Calafia Initiative, a multi-disciplinary artistic initiative that brings
together unlikely partners to create new works that speak to the future of our
bi-national region. In 2006, he and Jacobs were honored with the Craig Noel
Award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for 30 years of artistic
dedication to downtown and diversity.