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La Jolla Playhouse, in association with San Diego Repertory Theatre, presents El Henry by Herbert Siguenza, directed by Sam Woodhouse

La Jolla Playhouse
in association with San Diego Repertory Theatre
presents a Without Walls production

El Henry

June 14 - June 29

By Herbert Siguenza
Directed by Sam Woodhouse

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.

In association with

San Diego Repertory Theatre

All performances take place at

Silo at Makers Quarter

Corporate support provided by


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.

> Learn more about San Diego Repertory Theatre

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.

> Learn more about Culture Clash

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.

> Learn more about Makers Quarter

Press and Reviews for El Henry

“Part Shakespearean comic book, part Mexican vaudeville… a delightful mash-up of curiously compatible cultural sensibilities”
> Read more the LA Times

“Site-specific Playhouse show shot through with wit, urban sensibility…, it’s a helluva good trip”
> Read more the UT San Diego

‘El Henry’ Gives Shakespeare A ‘Mad Max’ Spin
> Read more from KPBS

Siguenza Reimagines Classic with ‘El Henry’
> Read more from La Prensa

The Bard in the Barrios
> Read more from the UT San Diego

SILO in Makers Quarter

753 15th Street, East Village, San Diego

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.

> Learn more

El Henry Events

Live Art

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!

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesdays

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.

Talkback Tuesday

Subscriber Night

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.

Subscribers use promo code: sub2015 when ordering

About this Without Walls Production

El Henry is the first Without Walls (WoW) production to follow La Jolla Playhouse’s acclaimed Without Walls Festival. Learn more about WoW

Performance Notes
- 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

Parking Information
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.

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.