Clowning Around: Inmigrantes Teatro of Baja California Closes 2015 Studio SCR Series
COSTA MESA, Calif. (May 28, 2015)–South Coast Repertory’s Studio SCR series comes to a close with a magical story for families to enjoy by Mexico based Inmigrantes Teatro of Baja California. Kikiricaja: Una Historia de Payasos, written by Miguel Ángel Garrido Ramón and directed by Raymundo Garduño, will be performed in the Nicholas Studio June 18-21. This production is presented in association with La Jolla Playhouse. Tickets are available at www.scr.org.
Loosely translated as “Cock-a-doodle-doo Box: A History of Clowns,” Kikiricaja: Una Historia de Payasos tells the story of friends—Bartolomeus and Comino—who live in beautiful wooden boxes where they dream, eat, play and invent worlds. This delightful story is filled with moments of happiness and sadness, fights and reconciliations, travel and adventure. It shows how friendships can help us face the fears that make us feel small, as well as celebrate the hopes that make us feel like giants.
While the play is performed entirely in Spanish, this tale of friendship does not require language fluency for audiences to enjoy. Through the creative efforts of Inmigrantes Teatro, universality is applied in their story telling.
“Kikiricaja is imaginative fun for all generations,” said SCR Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “The physical comedy of this remarkable company transcends language and culture in a unique way.”
Inmigrantes Teatro is an independent group formed by experienced creatives in the Mexican theatre field. Based in Baja California, the company’s goal is to create scenic productions geared to audiences on both sides of the Mexico-United States border. Founded in 2005 by Raymundo Garduño, the company debuted with the play Naufragios (Shipwreck). Its other productions include the improv show, Los Improductivos (The Improductives), and Inmolación (Immolation). Inmolación was selected by Centro Cultural Tijuana as part of its Education Series Program and it represented Baja California in the 2012 International Borders Theatre Festival and FESARES Baja California State Theatre Festival 2013.
Studio SCR is an alternative to SCR’s main stage offerings—in the intimate Nicholas Studio. The series, now in its fifth year, offers a mix of ambitious, provocative and experimental theatrical works in partnership with some of Southern California’s most innovative companies and artists.
Performances of Kikiricaja: Una Historia de Payasos are Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m.; Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $7 for children ages 6 to 12 and $15 for adults. Discounts are available for students and members of both Teatro En Vivo and MyStage. Tickets are available now through the SCR Box Office at (714) 708-5555 and online at www.scr.org.
ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org