Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, Mined from Real Stories from San Diego Repertory Theatre
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Called "the Coltranes of this genre" by Allmusic.com, Yale Strom's Hot Pstromi is one of the freshest, funkiest klezmer acts in America. But they'll get even fresher at the 13th Annual Klezmer Summit: My Yidishe Mambo, where they'll join forces with trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos and his Latin jazz band. Shtetl culture meets Salsa in a thrillingly diverse evening of up-tempo grooves and hauntingly beautiful Jewish music that pays homage to the influence mambo, cha-cha and rhumba had on klezmer from post-war America through the 1960s. Learn More
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Featured review from Diane
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Funny, provocative, current, with local insights into our own cultural differences right here in San Diego County. Very talented performers. We sent emails to many friends, suggesting they see it. It's not for everyone. But it is for anyone who wants to see the world's people come together, to get beyond stereotypes and prejudice, and to acknowledge each other as valuable human beings.
Written by and starring Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza.
Change has come in America. And nobody shows us the intimate details of a more perfect union than the Culture Clash trio with their out of the box comedic AND dramatic entertainment.
For over two decades this ensemble of writer-actors have practiced the art of theatrical-social anthropology by digging deep into America’s culture to formulate their outrageous brand of “performance collage.”
As in all of their memorable comedic sketches, the characters in AmeriCCa are adapted from real interviews with people from across the U.S. who live radically diverse lives. The troupe’s signature use of satire, vaudeville, mime and spoken word dramatizes the voices of the socially invisible and the New Americans, offering a fresh examination of cultures in flux. From Cuban exiles and Haitian immigrants in Miami, to a Puerto Rican political activist in Manhattan, to commies and dot-commers rubbing elbows in San Francisco’s Mission District, to expatriates in Tijuana and Ugandan cab drivers in San Diego, these are unforgettable characters who will leave you gasping, laughing and cheering.
Since creating this work at our theatre nine years ago, the ensemble has mined the cultures of Washington D.C., San Francisco, Boston and Orange County (adding to their interviews with people from Miami, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and our own San Diego and Tijuana).
Culture Clash has raised their artistry to a masterful level that makes this work of theatre simply the most provocative expression of American desires, inclusion, irony and diversity that I have ever seen on the American stage. This is one powerful journey that will make you laugh, wonder and say “yes we can” all in the same evening.