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American Night: The Ballad of Juan José

January 27 - February 26

Potiker Theatre

Written by Richard Montoya
Developed by Culture Clash & Jo Bonney
Directed by Jo Bonney
Co-production with Center Theatre Group
Originally produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival

As Juan José feverishly studies for his U.S. citizenship exam, he becomes ensnared in a tumultuous, whirlwind journey through pivotal moments in American history. Last seen at the Playhouse in the hit show Zorro in Hell, Culture Clash returns with a provocative, irreverent comedy about our shared past, set against our trans-border landscape.

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Commissioned by The Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle.

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Tickets:
Start at $35

Run Time:
90 min

Performance Times:
Tues-Wed: 7:30pm
Thurs-Fri: 8:00pm
Sat: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

 
Culture Clash

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 the full length play Chavez Ravine. Culture Clash’s most notable productions include The Mission, Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami, Bordertown, Senor Discretion Himself, Zorro in Hell and Water & Power. Additionally, Culture Clash is the recipient of numerous awards, commissions and grants, including a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Latino Spirit Award, the Los Angeles Hispanic Media Award, among others..

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  • (L-R) Stephanie Beatriz, René Millán and Richard Montoya in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of AMERICAN NIGHT, THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ, by Richard Montoya, developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, directed by Jo Bonney, playing in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre January 26 - February 25; photo by Craig Schwartz.
  • (L-R) Daisuke Tsuji, René Millán and Stephanie Beatriz in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of AMERICAN NIGHT, THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ, by Richard Montoya, developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, directed by Jo Bonney, playing in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre January 26 - February 25; photo by Craig Schwartz.
  • (L-R) Daisuke Tsuji and René Millán in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of AMERICAN NIGHT, THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ, by Richard Montoya, developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, directed by Jo Bonney, playing in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre January 26 - February 25; photo by Craig Schwartz.
  • René Millán and the cast of La Jolla Playhouse’s production of AMERICAN NIGHT, THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ, by Richard Montoya, developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, directed by Jo Bonney, playing in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre January 26 - February 25; photo by Craig Schwartz.
  • Richard Montoya in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of AMERICAN NIGHT, THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ, by Richard Montoya, developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, directed by Jo Bonney, playing in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre January 26 - February 25; photo by Jenny Graham.
  • Ric Salinas, Herbert Siguenza and Richard Montoya, founders and members of Culture Clash.
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American Nightis rollicking, irreverent political commentary at its best”

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“A brisk 90-minute one-act that's as fluid as it is hilarious.”

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“American Night is a boisterous, rollicking, surreal, post-modern, postracial (warning: some descriptions may contain irony) journey into American history — and by extension the heart of one man’s American Dream.”

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